The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking Bay residents to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A kickoff to the holiday season, the event will include a children’s gingerbread house contest at Rose Hill Museum, the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts for kids in the Bay Village Community House, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo. Residents can help to “Light up Bay Village” by placing luminaries in their yards that evening.
Bay Village community groups are invited to participate by decorating a holiday wreath, to be displayed in the gazebo. Tables in the Community House are available for the sale of Christmas ornaments and merchandise. Any civic or school groups interested in taking part in the festivities or selling holiday merchandise should contact Cynthia Eakin at email@example.com or 216-213-0312, or Rhonda Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-225-6538.
Santa Claus will leave the Bay Lodge on a fire truck at 2 p.m. and will arrive at the Community House about 3 p.m. The Bay High Choraleers will sing holiday tunes at 3:30p.m. The Fairytale Foundation Princesses will provide photo opportunities. There will be a reading of the holiday tale, “’Twas the Night before Christmas.” The tree lighting will take place at the gazebo at about 4:30 p.m.
As part of the holiday celebration, the Bay Village Historical Society is sponsoring its annual, “Cahoon Christmas Gingerbread House Contest.” There will be a judging in three categories: K-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-8. Prizes will be awarded in each category. Gingerbread houses can be constructed of any edible materials. Houses should be able to fit on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper. Gingerbread houses can be dropped off at Rose Hill Museum after 1 p.m. and picked up at 4 p.m. Visit www.bayhistorical.com for details.