RICHMOND – The city's Christmas of Yesteryear celebration will begin Dec. 2 in Richmond.
Richmond plans to kick off its three-day event with a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Stevens Park, at the corner of Route 12 and East Broadway Street. Face painting, photos with Santa, ornament making and other activities will be offered after the ceremony inside Memorial Hall, 10308 Main St.
On Saturday, events at Memorial Hall will continue and include St. Joseph Catholic Church's cookie walk and more silent auctions. Joseph Steele will perform a telling of "Origins of Santa" from 10 to 10:50 a.m., and the Broadway Academy of Art and Dance will perform at 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Hay rides will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. starting at the municipal parking lot on West Broadway Street. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Richmond Grade School, 5815 Broadway St., the PTO will host a Holiday Shop, and Richmond Brownie Troop 1270 will host a bake sale.
On Sunday, the Richmond Fire Department will host breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon at Memorial Hall.
The events are free and open to the public, and food donations are requested for the community food pantry.
For information, call Village Clerk Karla Thomas at 815-678-4040.