Christmas in the Village of Navarre kicks off the end of the year celebrations


NAVARRE – After the cancellation of last year’s event by the pandemic, Christmas in the village returns this weekend and the organizers are delighted to welcome visitors and boost businesses in the village.

The Navarre Village Business Association hosts the annual event that shines the spotlight on businesses on the dawn of the holiday shopping season.

Visitors can shop on Friday and Saturday. On Saturdays, the village welcomes Santa Claus to town with a parade.

“Friday is (for shoppers) to get the first dibs on Christmas items,” said Michelle Ward, one of the event coordinators. “Saturday is no longer a family day. Santa will be in town. We will have the wagon again.”

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Customers are invited to visit 15 sites, from local small businesses to historic places, to stamp their passports. Those who collect all 15 are eligible for prizes.

Ward, who owns the Retro Ward, said the event has something for everyone, including activities for the kids at the Towpath Trail YMCA and the Barry Askren branch library.

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Kids can watch a gingerbread movie and craft at the YMCA. At the library, they can enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus and meet the Grinch.

Every business offers something different, Ward said. Some will have music and others will have sweet treats.

Throughout the day on Saturday, fiber demonstrations including spinning and felting will take place at AJ’s alpaca ranch and visitors can learn wool and wool application techniques at the store. AnnaLouisa quilt.

Shoppers can visit Mathew’s House Christmas Shop and listen to piano music at Manley Antique Mill.

A cart will take visitors to the site throughout the day. An all-day pass costs $ 1. The trolley starts after the parade and runs until 4 p.m.

“It has been a difficult year and a half,” said Ward, adding that people were delighted to host the event again.

Janie Talbott, president of Navarre / Bethlehem Township Historical Society, said Christmas in the village brings the community together and helps promote the village to visitors.

People from near and far, including New Philadelphia, Dover and Cleveland, traveled to western Stark County to witness the holiday event.

“People like it,” she said. “We have our shop (at Mathew’s House) and it helps us financially. It also helps other businesses and it shows visitors what Navarre has to offer.”

EJ Brown, left, and Shirley Conkle, Secretary of Navarre / Bethlehem Township Historical Society, decorate the staircase of the Mathews House Museum in Navarre for the upcoming Christmas event in the village.  The historic site will host a Christmas store for holiday shoppers.

Hungry visitors can take advantage of the village restaurants or one of the food trucks that will be available, Ward said.

“It is one of the busiest days of the year and our restaurants can be very busy,” she said. “We had a few days off and we wanted to not completely overwhelm them, so we had a few food trucks. We wanted to strike a balance.”

The impact of COVID on Christmas in the Village

Last year’s event was canceled due to security concerns related to COVID-19.

This year, with more people vaccinated, Ward said, they are following COVID-19 guidelines and leaving it up to participants to decide whether they will wear a face covering.

Ward said companies can enforce their own rules when it comes to masking. She asks those who are not vaccinated to wear a mask.

Ana Diehl, left, and Janie Talbott, president of Navarre / Bethlehem Township Historical Society, displayed cookies baked from Talbott's grandfather's cookie cutters that he made for his wife as a wedding present in the 1890s at the Mathew House Museum in Navarre.  .  The house will be open to visitors on Friday and Saturday during Christmas in the Village.

“Our businesses are getting ready and are excited to welcome buyers,” Ward said. “It will be the same kind of experience they have had in the past.”

If you are going to

The Association of Businesses of the Village of Navarre will host Christmas at the Village on Friday and Saturday.

A list of activities is planned for Saturday. To find out more about the schedule, visit the group’s Facebook page or

US Route 62 / state Route 21 / Main Street will be closed starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and will reopen after the parade. Officers will direct traffic. The parade departs at 10 a.m. from Wooster Street NW and travels along Main Street turning into Canal Street.

The streetcar stops at YMCA, Second Street at Wooster Street; Canal Street near Center Street, Canal Street in Main Street and Market Street in Canal Street. An all-day pass costs $ 1.

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