By Kellen M. Quigley
With Thanksgiving now past, the holiday season is officially here and a variety of festive events will be happening in Springville this December.
Before you turn the page on your calendar, holiday events begin Nov. 30 with Very Merry Springville, continuing the two-weekend event that began Nov. 23. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the village, enjoy Small Business Saturday with over 40 local businesses participating.
There will be activities by the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce in the Lucy Bensley Center and caroling in the streets provided by local singers and musicians. Families and children of all ages can enjoy the atmosphere while getting some early shopping done.
Also this Saturday, the Springville Volunteer Fire Department will hold its Thanksgiving Weekend Antique Auction at the Banquet Hall on West Main Street. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., seeing what treasures and unique holiday gifts await you.
Then on Dec. 2, head down to the newly renovated and recently re-opened Joylan Theatre for a special showing of the Bing Crosby classic film “White Christmas,” hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Springville.
Showing on the big screen at 7 p.m., attending the film is free, but the Kiwanians are asking you to bring a toy to donate for those less fortunate. Toys collected will be used in the Kiwanis and Trading Post Christmas toy distribution projects.
Festivities continue Dec. 7 with the annual Concord Country Christmas celebration at the Concord Mercantile/Heritage building at 17 Franklin St. in Springville.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there is plenty of holiday cheer to go around. You can pick up some great Christmas cookies starting at 10 a.m. Grab a few dozen and keep them in your freezer until Christmas dinner — if they last that long. There will be some wonderful bakers that donate them for the Concord Historical Society to sell.
You can pet a reindeer and get your picture taken with them from noon until 3 p.m. Santa will be there from 1 to 2 p.m. and there will be some great live music from noon until 3 p.m.
For some special hometown Christmas shopping, you can stop in the country store and pick up a unique homemade gift as well. Walk through the Heritage Building and see the displays in there as well.
Also that Saturday, the Our Savior Lutheran Church is hosting a Free Christmas Kickoff. Held from 2 to 4 p.m. at 431 Waverly St., There will be snacks, games, music and crafts. At the end of the day, all children get to choose their first gift of the season for free!
Enjoy some holiday music Dec. 8 when the Springville Community Chorale will perform a Christmas concert, “Merry Christmas Darling.”
The chorale performs twice a year under the leadership of director Colleen Marcello Brecker. Participants are from Springville, East Concord, West Valley and other nearby communities.
The following weekend on Saturday, Dec. 14, it’s Santa Day in Springville at LandPro Equipment. Santa is coming to LandPro at 336 Vaughn St. from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be refreshments and kids will receive a free gift. You can also Enter to win a prize.
Meanwhile, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be having their annual Cookie Sale & Gift Basket Raffle on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 591 East Main St. in Springville.
Also that Saturday, there will be a holiday bake sale at St. Al’s Parish Hall, 190 Franklin St., Springville. Sponsored by St. Al’s Altar Society, the St. Al’s Crafters will also be there with homemade gifts from noon to 4 p.m.
There’s plenty to do and see this holiday season in Springville as a way to share the joy and spend some time with family and friends.