The historical village of Westfield NY will be hosting it’s annual Christmas in the Village on November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. A long-standing tradition of a Holiday shopping extravaganza the week before Thanksgiving evolved into a community event. Several different organizations all participate for a heartwarming celebration. Guests can look forward to witnessing all the Victorian touches, from Victorian Carolers to horse-drawn carriages and festival goers dressed in costumes of the bygone era. It all adds to the day’s ambience and makes for a memorable kick-off to the Christmas season.
Santa Claus visits the town park in a grape picker on Friday night and a Victorian choir will be led by Libby Sciarrino. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures at the YWCA where the Holiday Shopping is now held.
On Saturday the 23rd, Patterson Library will host Mrs. Claus, a magic show, and display a hall of trees. Lakeshore Center for the Arts offers an art show. Shops and restaurants will be elaborately decorated to be patronized throughout the weekend with several merchants of the town are participating in a “Hot Toddy Crawl” and a punch card offered for visitors. In the evening a lighted Holiday parade begins at Westfield Family Physicians parking lot, down Main Street to Moore Park, with lights on trucks from the Electric Department, Fire Department, grape pickers, a harvester, and floats from the area churches.
According to Sue Crawford Poster, Chamber of Commerce Coordinator for Westfield-Barcelona, The Victorian Tea held by the Chautauqua Historical Society is always a well-attended event. Held in the museum, which is “beautifully decorated,” guests are greeted by Westfield’s Queen Bettie. Tables are finely laid out with fine china and traditional tea, cookies, and scones are served.
Sue wants all to feel welcome and says, “We hope people will come and enjoy our town and all we have to offer. The Westfield Woman’s Organization and the event planning committee provide a fun experience for all.”