The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking Bay Village residents and children of all ages to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on three Sundays and three Wednesdays in December. A kickoff to the holiday season, these events will include the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo.
Follow Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on their journey through the streets of Bay Village aboard a fire truck on Sunday, Dec. 3. They will leave from the Bay Lodge on Bradley Road at 2 p.m. and will arrive at the gazebo in the center of town for the holiday tree lighting ceremony around 4:30 p.m.
Rose Hill Museum will be beautifully decorated for the holiday season. This year’s display will highlight the White House Christmas cards designed by artist and Bay Village native Thomas William Jones, along with other Bay Village scenes. While you are at the museum, you can search for the hidden holiday Nutcrackers. Rose Hill Museum will be open free of charge on Sundays, Dec. 3, 10, and 17, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays, Dec. 6, 13, and 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. Guides will be dressed in period costumes. The Victorian Parlor at Rose Hill will be getting a facelift this winter. Come see it as it has been for the past 50 years.
“The Night Before Christmas” will be read at the museum by Preston Postle on Dec. 13, 17, and 20. The Bay High Choraleers will sing carols at Rose Hill on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. The Bay Middle School seventh grade strings will perform on Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m.
There will be spinning and weaving demonstrations every day the museum is open. The Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild, the Lorain County Spinners and Weavers and the Crooked River Rug Hookers will be leading these demonstrations. See the 1830’s loom and purchase items woven on it. The museum gift shop will be open for holiday purchases. This is also the opportunity to see the newly constructed working model of the Cahoon family gristmill.
Have your family (even the dog!) photographed with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus aboard a refurbished wooden sleigh on Dec. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A donation of $20 is requested, cash or check payable to the Bay Village Historical Society, collected at the event. Photos will be emailed to you. Visit www.bayhistorical.com to see a full schedule of holiday events.