Pemberville to celebrate Christmas in the Village Nov. 28

Staff Writer

Celebrate “Christmas in the Village” Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28 in Pemberville
Festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Pemberville’s eighth annual Lighted Christmas Parade will be the grand finale event, stepping-off Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. The Village Christmas Tree Lighting be held after the parade at Mason Park, with Santa and Mrs. Claus on hand.
Pemberville’s annual celebration will coincide with this year’s “National Shop Small” promotion. Patrons making purchases of $25 or more at participating Pemberville businesses Nov. 26-Dec. 15 will have a chance at the “Win the Window” promotion.
Pemberville’s historic Opera House will be the setting for this year’s Festival of Trees, themed “Christmas in the Village.” Each tree will be decorated highlighting a Pemberville place, organization and/or event. Admission is $5 per person. Children will get in free with paid adult admission. Proceeds raised will benefit the Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society.
Tickets are available at the door and include complimentary refreshments, the chance to vote for your favorite tree and be entered in the grand prize drawing to win season tickets (nine shows) for two at the Opera House.
Local resident Ed Wozniak has donated a handcrafted schoolhouse clock to be raffled as a fundraiser for the Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society. Wozniak has built 100 clocks and has gifted all but two. The clock will be on display at the Bake Shoppe, with raffle tickets available for sale. Raffle tickets may be purchased at Riverbank Antique Market, 140 E. Front St., or Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., for $5 each or five tickets for $20. The drawing will be held Sunday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.
The Historical Society will also host its annual Holiday “Bake Shoppe” in the Town Hall, featuring a variety of homemade baked goods, including cookies, pies, sweet breads, candies, jams/jellies and more. All proceeds benefit the Historical Society’s continued restoration/maintenance efforts.
Santa will be strolling through downtown Pemberville with Mrs. Claus at his side, greeting guests, posing for photos and listening to wishes. Pemberville Independent Merchant Association members have provided treats for Santa to gift.
The Gathering Place (next to Beeker’s General Store) will feature a Holiday Café, selling hot soups, sandwiches, apple dumplings, hot chocolate and more. The Gathering Place will also be hosting a Christmas Market, offering fresh greens, wreaths, poinsettias, botanicals, grave blankets/pillows, vintage Christmas décor and other items. All florals/wreaths are by Downtown Deco Fine Floral Design, Pemberville.
The Pember-Furry House, the village’s oldest frame house located on East Front Street (just down the street from the Eisenhour car lot) will be decked out with festive Christmas decorations and will be open for free tours both days of the Christmas Open House. Hosts will guide visitors through the historical home and be available to answer questions.
Pemberville’s One Room School (located behind the Pember-Furry House) will be decorated with festive accents and be open for free tours as well.
A variety of holiday carols will be heard in the Downtown area. Poppin’ George’s Kettle Corn will be featured at Beeker’s Store. Pemberville’s shops will be open and offering a variety of holiday specials.
Horse and carriage rides will be offered both days for a nominal fee. Rides will depart from the downtown area Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 pm. To reserve a time slot, call 419-287-3274.
Sunday’s Lighted Parade will step off at 6:30 p.m., beginning at the Pemberville Public Library (registration headquarters) and ending at Pemberville’s Town Hall. The parade will travel along East Front, with a viewing stand located in the heart of the downtown area.
Lighted floats, vehicles, bands, marching units and more will all be a part of this year’s parade. Additional information/specific times may be obtained by calling 419-287-3274. Prior to the parade, beginning at 5 p.m., a backdrop of holiday music will be performed by musicians from Sonfire by the River in the center of the downtown area.
For more information about Christmas in the Village, call 419-287-3274.


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