Christmas on the River kicks off December 1

Chester’s 29th annual Christmas on the River will be held Dec. 1-3.

Santa’s Village (corner of Opdyke and State St.) and the Chester Square Gazebo Park will be the place to be at 6 p.m. on Friday evening. Christmas on the river will officially kick off with the grand illumination. Mayor Tom Page will light the gazebo park lights and the Santa’s Village lights simultaneously, signaling the beginning of the holiday season.

The Chester High School Marching Band, under the direction of Steve Colonel, will entertain with Christmas music and Pastor Timothy Sims will give a blessing.

A live Nativity will be on display at Santa’s Village, courtesy of First Baptist Church. Carriage rides will be available from 6-9 p.m. While waiting for a ride, enjoy Aunt Nettie’s kettle corn, hot coco and Jodie’s Farmhouse chili, hot dogs and more.

As a tradition, the driveway of Chester’s historic Evergreen Cemetery will be lined with signs of remembrance. The signs offer families and friends the opportunity to remember their deceased loved ones and are given in their remembrance. Contact Norma Baughman at 618-615-7892 for more information on signs.

That night, St. Mary’s PTO will host a Fried chicken dinner at the K.C. Hall, 209 Church Street from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

For more on Chester’s Christmas on the River, please see this week’s print edition.