Santa Claus and the Grinch joined community members to bring the holiday spirit to Yorktown at the annual Toyland Parade.
The Yorktown Toyland Parade and the Holiday Market brought people together to watch the Fife and Drums of York Town and a holiday kid’s train travel around the plaza in the parade while shoppers checked out homemade products on Saturday.
The parade was full of dogs, kids and families — most wearing holiday gear — as those who could, smiled and wished the parade attendees a Merry Christmas. The Grinch rode the parade route on a Segway.
Saturday was the last day of the Holiday Market and shoppers visited local vendors selling homemade food products and crafts.
Yorktown resident and artist Rae Oney said she has shown her acrylic paint and painted resin pieces at the Yorktown Holiday Market for three years.
“I go to a lot of art shows but this market is one of my favorites to show my pieces at,” Oney said. “Everyone here is so art-friendly and friendly in general, we also love watching the parade and seeing everyone dressed up.”
Fellow Yorktown resident and vendor Courtney Obland said she gets good responses from those attending the event about her simple syrups for drinks.
“Everything is all natural and homemade,” Obland said. “I’ve sold some of them today and people are excited to use them in their holiday drinks.”
Parade-goers lined the perimeter of the plaza sidewalk as the parade looped around, including Rebecca Inge watching her son Ryan, who is a member of the Fife and Drums Corps of York Town.
“We love watching him in this event and he loves participating in it,” Inge said. “We look forward to it every year.”
Deborah Rabideau, who lives in Winchester and is staying in Williamsburg for the week at her vacation home, said she’s glad she decided to come and bring her grandchildren with her.
“This my first time at this event and I’m glad we decided to come this week,” Rabideau said. “Events like these that bring the community together are great, especially around this time of year with the holidays.”
Also walking in the parade wereorganizations such as the Southeast Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training Inc., which brought along Golden Retrievers, and Girl Scouts in troop 1205.
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