YOUNGSTOWN – Children can pose for a photo with Santa and make an accompanying picture frame to create a holiday memory as one of several free activities scheduled to celebrate “Christmas in the Village” on Saturday.
Festivities kick off at 10 a.m., with an Artisan Christmas Market in the gym of the Red Brick Village Center, 240 Lockport St. The market will offer everything from gluten-free baked goods to walking staffs, clothing, jewelry and Native American crafts. The Town of Porter Historical Society Museum also will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the building’s second floor.
Market musicians and wandering minstrels will perform throughout the day, with Step in Time featuring Monti and Marsha Jones from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Julie Winden on trumpet from 2 to 4 p.m.
Free horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. with pick-up at the Red Brick building.
An encampment featuring soldiers from Old Fort Niagara will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on the Red Brick lawn.
The Youngstown Free Library, on the second floor of the Red Brick building, will offer free crafts for children from 1 to 3 p.m., and will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
At 1 p.m., a Children’s Party featuring Santa will be held on the second floor of the Red Brick.
“The Children’s Party is always a big draw and children can have their pictures taken with Santa and it’s free, which surprises people,” said Ann Johnston, of the village Recreation Department.
“The children can also make a frame for the photo, which is a nice take-away gift. And, the Girl Scouts make the cookies for the kids to decorate – so this really is a community event.”
At 2 p.m., a Victorian Tea sponsored by the Women’s Study Club of Youngstown is planned for the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, on Church Street. First Presbyterian also will host a Nativity Display from 2 to 4 p.m.
The traditional tree-lighting ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. in front of the Red Brick building, followed by the announcement of the results of the decorating contest sponsored by the Youngstown Lions Club at 6:30 p.m.
“It’s just a very nice family event,” said Johnston. “We have characters strolling around in costume and even more vendors in our Christmas market this year, because they had such a nice turnout last year.”
The event is sponsored by the Village of Youngstown and its Recreation Department.