‘Christmas in the Village’: Wellsville planning all day festival

WELLSVILLE — Each year, the village of Wellsville ushers in the holiday season with an annual evening parade and tree-lighting ceremony, but this year, the holiday kickoff will start a little earlier in the day.

Visitors to the village Nov. 25 have the opportunity to experience an “old-fashioned” Christmas with “Christmas in the Village” — an all-day festival showcasing the village’s stores, restaurants, businesses and vendors along Main Street, while also filling the air with caroling and the overall Christmas spirit.

The event will take place noon to 5 p.m. one week from today, and will start at the gazebo on Main Street with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Nancy Murray, who will declare Main Street “open for business.” All business owners, she says, are invited to attend.

The Christmas festival allows businesses, crafts and vendors the opportunity to showcase their goods, while festival-goers can visit the downtown businesses, as well as take pictures with Santa Claus and listen to Christmas music from local performers all throughout the day.

The all-day festival is presented by Moving Wellsville Forward and Extreme Vocal Experience. Proceeds benefit the Christmas Beautification Fund, and E.V.E.’s endeavor to open a music school in the village.

Event co-coordinators are Jennifer Harris and Tabitha Boley-Coil, both of Extreme Vocal.

“I am excited to showcase the local talent to bring the community together at the holiday season to unite a community to shine the true meaning of Christmas,” Harris said. “Hopefully we can make this a annual event that will continue to grow.”

“I was born and raised here and my parents still live here so I am always in town,” Coil said. “When I was growing up theses streets were full of businesses and we would shop them. My dad was the manger at IGA when it was here. The feeling of walking into a store and the workers know you personally and can make a conversation with you and no what you need is the best feeling in the world.

“Our world is a broken world right now and it’s our job to try to fix it. I want my kids to see that Wellsville is a great town and I am proud to be born and raised here.”

Village councilman/event co-coordinator John Morrow, representing Moving Wellsville Forward, has believed in this type of event happening in the village.

“I’ve wanted to have a Christmas festival for a few years to give people in Wellsville and the area a fun old fashioned family Christmas experience,” Morrow said. “When I saw what a good job Tabitha Boley-Coil and Jennifer Harris from E.V.E. did with their Patriotic Music Celebration I knew I found the right people to help me make my vision a reality and we went to work.”

At 5 p.m., immediately following the festival, the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade takes place. The annual Light the Night tree-lighting ceremony follows the parade.

Festival organizers are continuing to accept choirs, bands and artists interested in participating. Those who would like to participate may do so by sending an e-mail to ChristmasInWellsville@gmail.com.