Warsaw’s Christmas parade and candlelighting held

| December 2, 2019

Early Strickland, 2, was amazed by the beautiful trees at the festival of trees at the museum in Warsaw. She visited the museum with her family after the Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 1. Early loves animals and dinosaurs and that’s what she wants for Christmas. Jen Jones | Beacon

WARSAW – Despite a little rain and wind, families lined Main Street in Warsaw on Sunday, Dec. 1 to see Santa arrive and enjoy the annual candlelighting ceremony. This year, activities were added for children in the fire station.

Halli and Megan Roberts, from Warsaw United Methodist Church, were helping at one craft table in the fire department. The girls said they like to help out with church activities. Children could choose a book to color and also got to pick a pencil to take home.

Pastor Wesley George, from the Warsaw UMC, said the Christmas committee in Warsaw asked churches to come up with a craft or activity for children to do during the evening. “It’s a great way to help and to be part of the community – to be out in it.”

Raymond and Ayla Bonar were two of the children making a craft. They each chose to fill plastic ornaments with sparkles and beads. Ayla, 12, said her ornament turned out very pretty and that she is hoping to get a leather jacket for Christmas.  Raymond, 4, said it was “kinda hard” to get the sparkles in the ornament and that he wants a race car track for Christmas.

The Lion’s Club was also in the fire station providing hot chocolate and cookies.  Allyssa Mullett, from the Lion’s Club, said that the River View FFA and Leo Club (high school age members of the Lion’s Club) were helping to make and pass out the treats.

The parade expanded this year and included several queens, fire trucks, businesses, the Grinch and, of course, Santa. Coshocton County Sheriff’s Deputies were also walking in the parade and passing out treats to the children lining the street. Both K-9 units were also part of the parade.

After the parade, the choir students from Warsaw Elementary School sang and the candlelighting was held. James Rose, from the Christmas Committee, thanked everyone who helped make the festival bigger this year and invited everyone to visit the businesses that stayed open for the event. The museum also had a festival of trees and many people enjoyed the beautifully decorated trees.

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