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Westfield to celebrate Christmas this weekend

The gazebo in downtown Westfield has been decorated for Christmas. Submitted Photo.

Special to the OBSERVER

WESTFIELD — Christmas is coming early!

Christmas in the Village of Westfield — A Dickens Holiday 2019 will take place this weekend, on Nov. 22, 23 and 24. With the village dressed in Christmas finery, this three-day family event marks the beginning of the magical holiday season in Westfield. With Santa’s arrival, horse-drawn carriage rides through the village, the Hall of Christmas, Victorian tea, Christmas Magic, Dickens carolers, instrumental music, the Hall of Trees, shops and restaurants offering specials, this event offers something for every age and every budget and is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

Last year saw the beginning of the annual Hot Toddy Crawl where establishments in the village offered complimentary treats and beverages in keeping with the Dickens tradition. This fun-filled activity was very popular and enjoyed by many. Also added was a Parade of Light, which featured vehicles, floats and walkers all decked out with Christmas lights.

New this year, “Celebrate Christmas” featuring dance and musical performances at Center Stage Dance Studio (Main Street) will be at 5 p.m. The 24th Lake Shore Center for the Arts will have a Christmas movie marathon on Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 9 and there will be a new exhibit, “Around the Town Revisited,” in the Brenda Eno Art Gallery. Once again, meet Queen Victoria and Mrs. Claus at the Patterson Library. Following the Parade of Light at 5 p.m. on Saturday, the public is invited to visit Center Stage Dance Studio for treats.

Westfield will once again be offering horse-drawn carriage rides. Submitted Photo.

Once again, the Westfield Women’s Organization is sponsoring their 31st Holly Tour. During this self-guided tour, guests will visit five homes and a church decorated for Christmas. The $10 ticket also entitles patrons to dessert and entertainment.

See the schedule below for places to purchase tickets for the Holly Tour and a detailed listing of events and times for all the weekend’s activities.

The weekend’s events are sponsored by the Village of Westfield, the Chautauqua County Historical Society (McClurg), the Patterson Library, Lake Shore Center for the Arts, Westfield Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Westfield Women’s Organization and the Westfield YWCA.

The village is elaborately decorated for Christmas, with special events and shops and restaurants open, all weekend long.

Friday-only attractions

¯ Children’s night at 6:15 p.m. — Santa comes to town and lights the tree in Moore Park. Visit with Santa, pictures and treats at the Westfield YWCA (58 S. Portage St.).

¯ 6 p.m. – Victorian carolers sing in Moore Park and visit village establishments.

Saturday-only attractions

¯ Hot Toddy Crawl from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participating shops and restaurants offer complimentary hot and cold beverages – treats from the traditional Dickens era. This was a big success last year!

¯ Victorian Holiday Tea at the McClurg Mansion in Moore Park from 11 a≥m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Enjoy delectable sweets, savories and scones.

¯ 8 to 10 a.m., breakfast with Santa at the Presbyterian Church. This is a WACS 7th grade fund-raiser for their Washington trip.

¯ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Patterson Library -Hall of trees – Meet Mrs. Santa.

¯ 1 p.m. vocal recital; 2 p.m. Christmas magic show (with magician Chris Johnson).

¯ 3 p.m. Victorian carolers concert – visit with your hostess – Queen Victoria.

¯ Lakeshore Center for the Arts from 1 to 3 p.m. the Brenda Eno Art Gallery features “Around the Town Revisited” courtesy of artist Karen Cockram

¯ 5 p.m. Parade of Light – theme: “Let There Be Light.” Begins at Westfield Family Physicians (Main and Cottage). Lights galore!! Floats, vehicles, walkers, handouts, choral and instrumental music – all welcome. Must decorate with or carry lights.

Following the parade, you are invited to Center Stage Dance Studio (upstairs), 79 E. Main St. for treats and holiday cheer.

¯ 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Victorian carolers on Main Street and throughout the village, visiting shops and restaurants.

Saturday /Sunday attractions

¯ Hall of Christmas – artisans and purveyors of fine merchandise at the Westfield YWCA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (breakfast and lunch available for purchase at YWCA provided by Kiwanis).

¯ Horse-drawn carriage rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Load and unload from the Patterson library. No charge.

¯ Christmas movie marathon from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Lakeshore Center for the Arts featuring some of your favorite Christmas movies.

¯ Free admission to the Grape Discovery Center at 8305 W. Route 20, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy educational exhibits and displays of the grape industry, wine tasting and the gift shop.

Sunday only attractions

¯ WWO Holly Tour from 12:30 to 5 p. m. Visit Westfield homes dressed in Christmas finery. Complimentary dessert. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Grape Discovery Center, Four Seasons, Main Street Salon, Tallulahs, Peaceful Designs, Paper Factory (Fredonia), Bag & String (Jamestown) or call Marilyn Hemmer at 753-6043 or email her at jm–hemmer@hotmail.com

¯ Victorian church service at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 12 Elm St. Enjoy a church service as Dickens would have attended featuring Victorian carolers!

¯ Patterson library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hall of trees. At 1:30 p.m., a woodwind ensemble; at 2 p.m. a brass ensemble and at 3 p.m. the Westwinds vocal ensemble (music courtesy of WACS). Visit with your hostess, Queen Victoria.

¯ “Celebrate Christmas” at 5 p.m., featuring dance and musical performances at the Center Stage Dance Studio, 79 E. Main St. (upstairs). Free admission.

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