The warm holiday cheer that was mixed in with the cold, misty, wintry air was palpable as the village of Williamsburg celebrated the holiday season last weekend.
The Trains of Williamsburg 2007 Christmas Walk, which took place Dec. 7-8 in the heart of downtown Williamsburg, was an incredible success, said event chairperson Terri Ousley.
“The event is always such a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season and bring attention to the outstanding businesses in the village,” she said. “We think that everyone had a great time celebrating with us.”
It was estimated that hundreds of people participated in the many events that were scheduled and held over the two-day holiday celebration.
Children of all ages chuckled in delight at the live nativity scene, complete with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus snuggled comfortably in a manger, who were surrounded by horses, donkeys, chickens, sheep, and even a hare.
Magician John Louis performed his amazing feats of magic at the American Legion, the Williamsburg community band played Christmas carols, and Santa Claus visited children at the North Pole, which was set up at Third and Main Streets.
All of the many activities attracted record numbers of people and organizers were thrilled with the results, said event promoter Sharon Woods.
"We started the Trains of Williamsburg event many, many years ago to bring the village residents and the business owners together to celebrate the holiday season," she said. "Once again, seeing children's faces light up with wonderment and happiness makes all of our efforts worthwhile. It was a wonderful weekend."
The highlight of the event was the holiday costumed pet parade held on Saturday.
The judges, who all said that it was a very tough decision, awarded the best dressed dog to Nitro and owner Ashley Murrell, second place went to rescue dog Larry, with owner Linda Bogan, and the third place prize went to Pugsley, with owner Emily Bogan.
"I would like to thank everyone for making the event such a great success," said Mayor Mary Ann Lefker. "There is no doubt that the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Williamsburg."