Event is a like Hallmark Christmas movie come to life

Event is a like Hallmark Christmas movie come to life

Christmas in the Village is the new title for a long-running holiday-season kickoff in Walnut Creek. Group singing, special lighting, snacks and discounts at village businesses will all take place on Friday, Nov. 9. Businesses in and around the village will host Christmas open house events through Saturday evening.

“The centerpiece of the evening Friday night is the tree-lighting ceremony on the square at 7 p.m.,” said coordinator Molly Mohr of the Walnut Creek Business Association, which is hosting the event. “Members of Walnut Creek Mennonite Church will offer brief devotionals of thankfulness and the Christmas story and will lead in singing Christmas carols and holiday songs.”

Candles will be lit at 7 p.m., and the countdown will begin to light the Christmas tree. At the same time businesses throughout the village will display freshly hung holiday lights. “The lighting of the village is all planned to happen at about the same time,” Mohr said.

This is the fifth year for the coordinated tree-lighting ceremony.

Firefighters from East Holmes Fire Department will hand out bags of goodies for children Friday evening. Refreshments also will be available.

“This is a really big event in Walnut Creek and a lot of fun,” Mohr said. “Last year was just about perfect. It was a cold evening, the tree was lit beautifully, many of us in the crowd were sipping cocoa and there were a few snow flurries. It was pretty magical. I heard someone say it was like a Hallmark Christmas movie come to life. The whole evening is sure to be pretty special.”

Businesses in and around Walnut Creek are coordinating promotions and will offer special discounts and incentives through the weekend. Walnut Creek Furniture, Carlisle Gifts, The Harvest Thrift Store, The Peddler and bfearless are all expected to welcome shoppers with Christmas in the Village special events.

Amy Yoder at Coblentz Chocolates said, “Our annual Christmas Open House runs Thursday through Saturday, and we stay open late on Friday night until 7 p.m. The whole weekend is typically extremely busy for us. We run our specials all weekend long.”

Coblentz Chocolates is offering sales on select gift boxes, honey-roasted peanuts, coffee, caramel corn and several other items. “Our customers really enjoy the samples we offer over the weekend,” Yoder said. “We have quite an array of chocolates, candies and coffee for our customers to enjoy during the event. We also offer the chance to win some really great door prizes.”

Yoder said Coblentz Chocolates has participated in Christmas in the Village every year since they opened the store.

Ruth Beachy at Walnut Creek Furniture said the store will feature giftware and accessories at 20 percent off along with something a little different this year. “We have homemade cookies for our customers that weekend, and they’re always a hit,” she said. “This year we’ll be able to supply the recipes, so you can make them at home for Christmas.”

“Many of the stores in and around Walnut Creek will offer free gift-wrapping leading into the following Veterans Day weekend,” Mohr said. “It’s a really big weekend in Walnut Creek every year. It’s always a lot of fun and a great time for families Friday night. The tree-lighting and singing make it the perfect way to start off the Christmas season.”

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