Delta, Lyons hosting weekend Christmas events

By David J. Coehrs -

Two Fulton County community holiday traditions will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, promising Christmas cheer and family fun.

The Delta Chamber of Commerce will present its inaugural Winterfest from 5-8 p.m. at Main and Monroe streets.

The festivities will begin with a village tree lighting ceremony. Chamber President Janelle DeBacker will flip the switch to turn on five lighted trees and the traditional Santa’s Cabin. Chamber board member Christina Churchill will read “The Night Before Christmas,” and local church members will provide caroling.

Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by Barnes Funeral Chapel and Community Markets.

The village Christmas parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Adrian Street, then follow a route along Main, Madison, and Palmwood streets, ending on Wood Street. Lighted entries will include the Boy Scouts, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Delta police and fire departments, Sterlena the Cow, and a Pike-Delta-York school bus.

Following the parade, Santa Claus will visit Memorial Hall, 401 W. Main St., where photos will be available. American Legion Post #5939 will serve hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies.

Lindsay Willman, Chamber administrative assistant, said all county residents are invited. She said Santa’s Cabin at Main and Monroe streets downtown will also be open Dec. 18-22, 6-8 p.m. for visits.

The 28th Annual Village of Lyons Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m.; the line-up starts at 4:30 p.m. at Community Park off of Maple Street. The illuminated parade will travel up to E. Morenci Street, then head west to the Lyons Fire Department at 409 W. Morenci St., where children will be treated to cookies, hot chocolate, and Santa Claus.

Village Administrator Tanya Lumbrezer said the parade usually consists of 20-25 units and lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours. Traditional participants include Mayor Andrea Gleckler, the Evergreen High School Marching Band, the Royalton Township and Morenci, Mich., fire departments, the Boy and Girl Scouts, a baton twirling group, and floats sponsored by area businesses.

This year’s Grand Marshals are Melvin and LuAnn O’Hara. LuAnn, who recently retired as the village’s fiscal officer, spent years involved with the parade.

New attractions this year will include the singing Galbraith Family of Delta and a float from Victoria’s Gifts and More of Assumption.

The parade is open to all area communities, and usually attracts a couple of hundred spectators, Lumbrezer said. She said all county residents are invited “to line the streets.”

By David J. Coehrs

Reach David J. Coehrs at 410-335-2010.

Reach David J. Coehrs at 410-335-2010.