Wayland Art Hop kicks off holiday events

Wayland’s annual Art Hop will be Friday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. to start off the city’s Christmas festivities.

Through 9 p.m., the downtown streets will be closed to traffic so guests so can walk safely between the different venues.

Artists will appear in various downtown businesses showcasing or selling their art.

In addition to art, there will be many family-friendly activities including horse and wagon rides, warming fires, strolling carolers, musicians,  and the annual Christmas tree lighting.

Artists are encouraged to register for an opportunity to showcase and sell their art.

For additional details, please visit www.downtown wayland.com.

Saturday, Dec. 6, is the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. at the Wayland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7581, 735 S. Main St.

Visits with Santa will take place at the fire department after the parade. Guests are invited to bring a camera for pictures with Santa.

This year, the parade theme is “Christmas Past and Present” which allows those entering the parade to decorate accordingly. Parade entries don’t have to decorate to that theme, but those that don’t won’t be included in theme judging.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three entries.

The chamber asks entrants not to include their own Santa Claus to avoid potential confusion with the Santa the chamber is providing.

For parade participants, vehicle lineup begins at 10 a.m. and walkers line up at 10:30 a.m. Parade rules can be found on the chamber website www.waylandcham ber.org on the community events page.

Wayland Boy Scout Troop 97 is encouraging parade spectators to bring non-perishable food items or gently used or new coats, gloves, scarfs, boots and hats to donate.

There will be many Boy Scouts walking in the parade picking up these items along the route for the Wayland Christmas Project, which donates meals and gifts to those in need.

For more information on the project, visit Wayland Christmas Project on Facebook.

Before the parade, the community is invited to attend the annual pancake breakfast at the Wayland Fire Department from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For a nominal charge, guests may enjoy a hot breakfast consisting of an all-you-can-eat buffet consisting of pancakes, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee.

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