Wetzel County Marks Christmas
‘Tis the most magical time of year! It’s officially the Christmas season, and local municipalities are planning to mark the occasions, beginning this Friday with Hundred and Paden City’s festivities.
Hundred Christmas Set For Friday
It’ll be a magical evening for the Hundred area when the town’s fourth annual Old Fashioned Christmas takes over the streets on Friday, Dec. 2.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a parade on Main Street in Hundred. Line-up begins at 5 p.m. The parade will start at the high school, turn onto Route 69, and end at Hundred’s park.
From then on, activities will take place from 6-8 p.m., concluding with a special holiday concert at Hundred High School, beginning at 8:15 p.m. Concert admission is by donation.
Other events will include a live Nativity, live entertainment, horse drawn carriage rides, warming barrels, and a craft show at the town’s American Legion.
That’s not all though! The jolly man in red himself will be making an appearance! As the parade is traveling its route, Santa will be dropped off at the new Wetzel Street Bridge, across from Hundred’s senior center. Line-up for visits with Santa will start on Virginia Street, located down from Hundred Farm Supply.
Those who want to send letters to Santa can do so at Hundred’s post office.
The old fashioned celebration will include vendors of all sorts, community organizations, and crafts and activities for all ages. The Pack 5 Cub Scouts will be hosting an ugly sweater contest. Entry fee is $3, and every entry will receive a cup of hot cocoa and a candy cane. The individual donning the ugliest sweater will receive a special trophy.
Cub scouts will also have Christmas ornament decorating, and the HHS band is expected to hand out treat bags and perform a few carols downtown.
The Wetzel County Center for Children and Families (Hundred) will be holding a gingerbread house contest. Those interestd in participating need to bring their decorated houses to the center by noon on Friday. Voting will be done beore the Old Fashioned Christmas. The winner will be announced on Monday. Contact 304-775-2000 with any questions.
There will also be t-shirts for sale at the Hundred city building. These t-shirts benefit a Christmas fund that provides toys.
And, local organizations should not forget about the second annual Christmas Pole Decorating Contest! Poles will be judged this year. Clubs, businesses, and organizations can choose any pole between Union Bank and the library. Winner will be announced after the tree lighting ceremony at the old fashioned Christmas. As much length of pole can be used, up to four feet on each side. This can be used as an advertising opportunity!
Paden City To Light Up Night
Paden City will be holding its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. The event will feature the Paden City High School Wildcat band, hot cocoa, caroling, and possibly the Paden City Elementary School choir. The event will also feature the jolly fellow in red himself, Santa Claus! The festivities will be held at Pineapple Park.
New Martinsville To Celebrate Christmas
The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce will spearhead the annual New Martinsville Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
The “Good Old Fashioned Family Christmas” parade will be held in downtown New Martinsville. Floats, walking groups, individuals, and vehicles will be decorated and ready to wow the crowd with bright lights, music, and more.
Following the parade, there will be a Christmas tree lighting at the corner of Main Street and Washington Street. At this time, kids will be able to visit with Santa. Parents are reminded to bring their cameras.
The fun begins Saturday morning though when several events will take place.
A Christmas crafter/vendor indoor show will be held inside the Shiben Building, located at 257 Main Street in New Martinsville. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Other Saturday morning and afternoon activities include cookie decorating at Quinet’s, ornament decorating at City Hall, storytime with craft at New Martinsville Public Library, reindeer games at The Arcane Game Store, and sleigh rides. New Martinsville Parks and Recreation will also be hosting “‘Twas the Movie Before the Parade.” The Polar Express will be shown at 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Lincoln Theater. Admission is free!
There will also be Breakfast at Barista’s!?Call ahead to pre-register at 304-455-5410.
There will be a Children’s Paint and Sip at The Cellar Door; call ahead to pre-register, and there will be pictures with Santa at Karen Stout Fine Art Studio. Those interested in pictures should call ahead to pre-register.
Reindeer food will also be made at the chamber building!
The Short Line Christmas committee, along with several other individuals, are planning a Christmas Weekend in downtown Pine Grove, Dec. 9-10. The theme for the weekend is “Christmas in My Town.” Highlights for the weekend include the grand parade, a Christmas Pageant and vendors all day Saturday in the middle of town. There will also be pictures with Santa for the kids.
The weekend will kick off on Friday evening with the Sparkle and Shine Christmas Pageant. Contestants should be at the Byrd Center upstairs room at 5:15 p.m. Pageant will start at 6 p.m. Trophies, crowns, sashes, and goodie bags will be awarded.
The pageant is open to girls, ages one to15, who are residents of the Short Line area and attend either Short Line or Valley High School (if school age). Applications must be picked up and returned before Nov. 29. For more info call Robin Adams at 304-904-6274 or Tina Rush in Facebook
Saturday’s events will start with the setting up of local crafters and vendors in the middle of Pine Grove at around 9 a.m. to be ready for visitors at the start of the parade. More info on vendor space can be obtained by calling Leah Briggs at 304-889-2087
The grand Parade will line-up at Williams Funeral Home at 11 a.m. and the parade at noon. Anyone wanting to participate in the parade can register by calling Robyn Yeager at 304-386-4567.
A special event will take place during the vendors fair with “Pack the Buggy Toy and Clothing Drive” in honor of Davie Sivert. All donations to be given out to children and families in our local area that need a little help this year. Organizers prefer new items, any age range and any size. For more info call Connie at 304-889-3520.
The American Legion will have the dining room side of the building open for people to go in get warm, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and for kids to get pictures with Santa following the parade.
Miranda Brown will be doing ultra-mini photo session during the event too! The price will be $15 and purchasers will get one to two images on a CD with a print release! And they will be ready in a few days after having them taken.
For more information on this event, access the Facebook page “Short Line Christmas Weekend.”