The Christmas spirit will fill West Point’s Main Street this weekend.
The annual Christmas on the Town, presented by the West Point Chamber of Commerce, will have residents and guests feeling festive with a parade, visit from Santa Claus, a tree lighting ceremony and more from 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday.
The event will again feature more than 45 food and retail vendors, pony rides and live music along Main Street. Event attendees can also take historic horse-drawn carriage ride tours and visit local businesses for small-store holiday events.
West Point Chamber of Commerce coordinator Kristie Walker said the event brings the community and visitors together for a festive, fun-filled day.
“We get more visitors coming for the event every year, and we love bringing the community together to get in the Christmas spirit,” Walker said. “Our hope is that events like this will draw more people to West Point and make it a destination spot for local businesses and families to enjoy.”
Bed and Breakfast 403 Main Street will hold a holiday market for attendees to enjoy and shop for holiday treats throughout the afternoon, according to owner Larkin Garbee.
The holiday market will offer gift boxes, a bake shop and cookie decorating station, oyster stew made with Three Rivers’ Seafood oysters, handmade gifts, a holiday photo booth, made-to-order custom wreaths and more. The West Point Jazz Band will play holiday music from 1-2 p.m.
Garbee said she partnered with local businesses and vendors to make sure the holiday market is a good experience.
“We want people to come and relax, enjoy a hot beverage, not rush their shopping ... and do some holiday activities,” Garbee said.
Horse-drawn carriage rides with historical storytelling by Reach Consulting will take off from 403 Main St. to benefit the Beverly Allen Historic Preservation Foundation and West Point Music Boosters.
Tour guides and carriage drivers will take groups around town telling them the history of West Point from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Tickets for the carriage rides must be purchased ahead of time and are limited.
Tickets are $25 per person and $200 for a private group tour, with a maximum of eight riders per tour. Tours leave every 15 minutes, tickets are available at https://bit.ly/2Ap1cp0
Garbee said although carriage rides have been done at Christmas on the Town before, the historical aspect is new.
“Guests can travel back in time through the historical lens of local Fannie Bagby in the 1800s as she shares stories of notable women of West Point's past while looking at historical homes,” Garbee said.
Guests can also enter a raffle giveaway at the Holiday Market for a fully decorated Christmas tree by Anchors Away Antiques & Collectibles.
Anchors Away will hold a Holiday Expo during the event, featuring Christmas items for sale, cookies, hot chocolate and more, according to owner Jason Colley.
Other local businesses and places will be decked out for the event, including the Historical Society of West Point and Divin’ Off the Dock.
What’s on tap
Residents can also enter a raffle to ride with the West Point Volunteer Fire Department in a fire engine during the parade. All community members who make a tax-deductible donation to the fire department through Nov. 30 are eligible, according to a news release from the fire department.
To donate, visit wpvfr.com/donate or stop by the fire station at 421 7th St. To donate online, the fire department asks donors email them at email@example.com with their name, contact information and donation amount to confirm the receipt and enter their name in the raffle.
Donation amounts equate to the following amounts of raffle entries:
- $25 donation — one entry
- $40 donation — two entries
- $60 donation — three entries
- $100 donation — four entries
Walker said the chamber is excited to see everyone come together to kick off the holidays once again.
“This year we have even more shopping with new vendors as well as some events within local businesses,” Walker said. We invite people to come enjoy the incredible food from our food vendors, live music, a parade, historical carriage rides and photos with Santa. We are looking forward to another great Christmas on the Town.”
» Noon to 3 p.m.: Safe and Sound LLC “Truckster” donations of toys and clothes for families in need. Main Street
» 1-5 p.m.: Holiday shopping at local businesses and vendors along Main Street
» 1-4 p.m.: Santa’s workshop: Christmas stories, movies, crafts and card making. Handmade gifts for sale starting at 50 cents. Hot chocolate, coffee or cider available for purchase. Parent and Child Development Center, 602 Main St.
» 1-4 p.m.: Festival of Trees and Wreaths: By the Rotary Club of West Point. Live auction with tabletop Christmas trees and wreaths by local businesses and residents. Proceeds go to Rotary fundraising efforts for youth scholarships, community service and programs. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 916 Main St.
1:30-4:30 p.m. — Live music
» 1:30-4:30 p.m. — Jocelyn Oldham, C&F Bank Main Street parking lot, 802 Main St.
» 2:30 p.m. — West Point Elementary School Melody Makers, corner of 7th Street.
» 3:30 p.m. — Harmonix, corner of 7th Street.
» 2 p.m. — Children’s parade featuring Santa Claus, antique cars, floats and local first responders. Main Street.
» 2:30-4:30 p.m. — Visit with Santa Claus: Visits with Santa Claus, photo packages available for purchase, C&F Bank Main Street parking lot, 802 Main St.
» 2:30-4:30 p.m. — Pony rides: corner of 6th Street, Parent Child Development Center parking lot.
» 2:30- 5:30 p.m. — Historical carriage ride tours: Reach Consulting LLC and 403 Main St. Tickets must be pre-purchased, limited number of tickets available. 403 Main St.
» 5:30 p.m. — Illumination ceremony of Tree of Life: Illumination of Tree of Life at town beach park, lights lit in honor and in memory of loved ones by residents and guests, names will be read off. End of Main Street at 1st Street.
» 6 p.m. — Live Nativity scene: First Baptist Church of West Point, 414 Main St. Homemade soup and hot apple cider available in fellowship hall afterwards.
All day — 1-5:30 p.m.
» Food and beverages for sale: Food vendors lining Main Street, wine and beer available for sale at C&F Bank Main Street parking lot, 802 Main St.
» Shad Auction — By the Chamber of Commerce, wooden shads decorated by local businesses and residents being auctioned off. All proceeds are going to a chamber grant "The Beautification Project.” Any business that is a part of the chamber can apply for the grant, the winner will receive funds for a storefront facelift. C&F Bank Main Street parking lot, 802 Main St.
» Holiday Expo at Anchor’s Away Antiques & Collectibles: gift card giveaway, marshmallow roasting station, holiday decor for sale, hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from the Grinch. 417 8th St.
» Holiday Market at 403 Main Street: Gifts, oyster stew, cookie decorating, holiday photo booth, chair massages, performance from West Point Jazz Band and more. 403 Main St.
» West Point Pamunkey Regional Library: Kids crafts, music, a Kindle reader giveaway, refreshments and sale on books. 721 Main St.
» Historical Society of West Point: Enjoy the museum and commemorative brick wall and garden. A 12-foot Christmas tree, decorations and gifts for purchase. Hot chocolate, cider and coffee for sale. 709 Main St.
» Touch a truck: Display of fire trucks, sanitation trucks, tow trucks and more. Get up close and personal with trucks and local first responders. Between 9th and 10th Streets.
» Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Youth Group: “Christmas Causes” — homemade old fashioned vegetable beef soup, hot dogs, nachos, hot chocolate, coffee, tea and water for sale. All proceeds go to a variety of local charitable causes. Knights of Columbus Hall, 7th Street between Main and Kirby Streets.
Parking will be along streets downtown, minus Main Street. Disabled visitor parking available at the parking lot behind Wyatt-Ogg Furniture, 7th Street between Main and Kirby Streets.
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