By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: November 23, 2018 | 3:45 p.m.
WAKEFIELD – When Santa arrives at the Wakefield Community Tree Lighting atop an antique fire truck on December 1, it will signal a lot of fun for kids of all ages, according to Foundation Board of Trustees President Joan Drewry.
“We’re always just so excited to do this for the community,” exclaimed Drewry. “It’s really something special to us – the beginning of our Christmas season. And we have a lot of wonderful things planned this year for everyone from the little kids right on up through our seniors.”
First, Santa will illuminate the Community Christmas tree out front at 6 p.m., Drewry said, and then Rev Glenn Riggs, pastor of Wakefield United Methodist Church will Share the Christmas Story by the light of the bonfire.
“One exciting new thing this year,” Drewry related, “is that as a special treat, the Wakefield United Methodist Church Ringers under the direction of Nan Seeley will share some handbell music! This is a magical time, with folks having a chance to just share a visit around the bonfire with friends and neighbors they may not get to see that often. Then the fun will continue as everyone heads inside for their Visit with Santa. Kids will also get to make a Christmas craft, watch Merphi the Clown share her festive Balloon Art, visit with Mrs. Claus & the Snow Princess, and enjoy hot dogs and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer cupcakes, Drewry said, and it’s all free!”
When asked how they manage to make the entire event free to the whole family, Drewry said, “I’ll never forget – a few years ago, one little girl, probably about eight or nine, was so excited about being able to go up and Sit on Santa’s lap and talk to him. She said she never had any way to get to see Santa before, so she had seen pictures, but never saw him in person. That’s why it’s important that everyone knows that this is for ALL the children. When you have little things like that happen, that’s when you know that it’s worth all the hard work. We just want everyone to be able to come on out and have a lot of fun and enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit – starting the Christmas season off right – with us.”
The free Wakefield Foundation Community Christmas Tree Lighting and Visit with Santa will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Wakefield Foundation (grounds & building), 100 Wilson Ave., Wakefield, VA 23888.