Chester preparing for annual Christmas on the River Celebration
The City of Chester is getting in the holiday spirit and looking forward to its 29th annual Christmas on the River Celebration Dec. 1-3.
The celebration will kick off with the Grand Illumination Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Gazebo Park and Santa’s Village at Memorial Park, a city release said.
Chester Mayor Tom Page will light trees in Santa’s Village and Gazebo Park simultaneously for the official beginning of this year’s holiday season, the release noted.
A Live Nativity hosted by the First Baptist Church will take place after the tree lighting on Dec. 1 where participants can enjoy 12-passenger carriage rides and an assortment of goodies like Aunt Nettie’s kettle corn, hot cocoa and Jodie’s Farmhouse chili, the release said.
That same evening, St. Mary’s PTO will host a fried chicken dinner at the K.C. Hall for $10 a plate.
The city’s annual parade will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Chester High School.
Other Christmas on the River events include a craft and vendor sale, a Christmas trivia night and Ugly Sweater Contest at St. Mary’s Catholic School, an open house at the Peace Lutheran Church of Chester and a Christmas bazaar at St. John PTL, the release said.
All events are subject to change.
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