Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 3 because that is a red-letter day in the village of New Boston. The day will begin as it has in years past with Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. at the New Boston Community Center.
“Just as last year, we’ll have pancakes, sausages, juice, all that,” Mike Payton of the New Boston Village Council said. “We’ll get the Christmas season off and rolling again. That’s the official start of it.”
At 4 p.m. the annual Christmas Parade will line up on the New Boston Mall parking lot, where businesses such as Pat Catan’s, Tractor Supply and Ollie’s are located. The parade will leave the mall at 5 p.m.
“We leave the same area as before, where Pat Catan’s is, the old Walmart Mall,” Payton said. “We’ll go east on Rhodes (Avenue), down to Lakeview (Avenue), then up Lakeview to Gallia (Street). On Gallia, it will go west to West Avenue. Then it will go down West Avenue to Rhodes and then east of Rhodes back to the (New Boston) Fire Station.”
Payton said cookies and hot chocolate will be waiting at the fire station, as well as old Santa himself. While a couple of streets have been cut from the previous route, the parade will still be good sized. Most everyone will be in cars, trucks and vans. No tractor-trailer rigs will be permitted because of the inability to make the turns.
“Last year was a nice one, but we’re hoping for a better one this year,” Payton said. “It seems like the enthusiasm is getting bigger. Our crowd was really good-sized last year.”
Payton said anyone wanting to be in the parade is invited. There is no registration.
“We really like to have the churches in this one,” Payton said. “It is better for the churches around the area than a lot of other parades. They don’t have to have a youth group. If they just have some folks who want to get in vans and just do that, that’s fine. We have a bunch of churches every year. I’ve been sending out special invitations. So if anybody didn’t get one, it’s just because I didn’t get to them, but they’re certainly welcome.”
In addition, some of the biker groups will be at the mall lot collecting money to help with paying for the toys Santa and the New Boston Police Department will be taking around to children in the village.
“I always invite them (bikers) to be in the parade too,” Payton said. “They know they’re welcome.”
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