New Richmond welcomed in the holiday season with an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas Walk and celebration Dec. 1-3.
Attended by several hundred people over the weekend, the event was designed for community members to enjoy and celebrate a traditional river village holiday.
“We wanted to celebrate our river heritage by having a very special, ‘cool’ Christmas event,” said event organizer Cathy Kirschner. “The Victorian theme added that something extra special.”
This is the first year that the village has hosted such an event; event organizers are hopeful that it will become an annual celebration.
"Hundreds of people came to watch the parade," said Mayor Terry Durrette (dressed in full Victorian costume). "The temperature may have been freezing, but it was very heartwarming to see how happy everyone was, especially the children."
Residents strolled along beautifully decorated Front Street admiring the painted windows and artwork contributed by the New Richmond High School students.
In a dramatic arrival completely befitting a river village, Santa and his wife (played by New Richmond residents Sandy and Don Fischesser) arrived by boat on Saturday.
Other events included during the weekend celebration were a rein dog parade in which about 50 dogs participated, horse and carriage rides, and a snow prince and snow princess pageant at the Boys and Girls Club.
The prince and princess pageant consisted of two age categories; ages two to four and five to eight.
In the age two to four category, the snowflake prince was Samuel Leist and the snowflake princess was Antonia Wills.
In the age five to eight category, the snow prince was Drew Evans and the snow princess was Tyler McCall.
"The event was wonderful," said Kirschner. "The streets were packed. Everyone was constantly thanking me and hugging me for bringing the Christmas spirit to the village. I was happy to contribute and do my part, but i would like everyone to know that the event would not have been possible without the support of the local business who made donations and the local building owners for not only opening their doors, but for opening their hearts."