The Wellsville Lions Club’s Fantasy of Lights located on the David A. Howe Library lawn brings joy throughout the holiday season.
By KATHRYN ROSS
WELLSVILLE — There is a little new and a little old and a lot of fun when it comes to the Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Hometown Holidays from Nov. 26 to Dec. 17.
The event will get started the Saturday following Thanksgiving and while other communities may still be gobbling their way through leftovers or trotting down the street, Wellsville will be welcoming that Jolly Old Elf to town.
The Lions Club’s Fantasy of Lights is located on the lawn of the David A. Howe Library. There individuals and groups, clubs, businesses, and organizations have decorated more than three dozen Christmas trees, which only await Santa’s magic touch to illuminate them for the entirety of the holiday season. That will happen at the conclusion of the Hometown Holiday Parade.
On Nov. 26 the Santa Claus parade will start at 5 p.m. near the Main Street fire hall. It is open to anyone who wants to celebrate the season. Lineup will start at 4 p.m. in the Bokman car lot.
Riding aboard a fire truck, Santa will bring up the end of the parade. Once Santa arrives at the library, he will disembark from his firetruck sleigh and proceed to the library’s front terrace. There he will flip the switch illuminating the Christmas trees.
Following the parade Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the Chamber office where they will take letters and talk to children about their holiday wishes.
At 7:30 p.m. there will be grand fireworks display clearly visible from much of the village and especially from the area around the library.
Karen Kania of the Chamber said there was a tremendous increase in the cost of fireworks this year, but Chamber members and the community responded, and this year’s display will be as big as in previous years.
On Dec. 1 a new event will start when the Chamber hosts the first — or the first in recent memory — Residential Decorating Contest.
“A member suggested that we should do this, so we went with it,” Kania said.
The Residential Decorating Contest will be judged on Dec. 15 by a Chamber committee and Chamber Gift Certificates for first, second and third places will be awarded.
Signup is required either at the Chamber office or by emailing the application on the Chamber’s Facebook page. There is no cost.
”We expect the entries will be in the spirit of the season and in good taste,” Kania said.
On Dec. 9 “The Nutcracker” ballet will be staged at 7 p.m. in the Nancy Howe Auditorium at the library. The event is free to the public. There will be an encore performance at 2 p.m. Dec. 10th in the auditorium.
On Dec. 10, starting at 11 a.m., the library will host Holiday Fest with games, crafts, tree decorating and snacks.
Dec. 10 and 17 there will be a Holiday Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library Exhibition Room.
The Chamber continues a tradition it brought back last year, on Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m., the Santa Sprint. Runners are required to dress up in a holiday costume, such as Santa, and race from State Street to Pearl Street.
Kids will start the race at 4:30 p.m. followed by the adults at 4:40 p.m. Contestants may gather in the fire hall at 4 p.m. to register, sign a liability waiver and for costume judging. There is no cost. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes and first place finishers.
On Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. the Andover Ecumenical Choir will perform in the Nancy Howe Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. author Amanda Wormer will present Creepy Christmas Stories in the library auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Dec. 17 the David A. Howe Library will host “The Muppets Christmas Movie” at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium. The program is free to the public.
Also Dec. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., Santa will be back in town cruising the village on top of his fire truck, waving to children, and wishing all a Merry Christmas.