Big plans are on the horizon for the sleepy little town of Youngsville, that is if the Revitalization of Youngsville (ROY for short) has anything to say. They are the faithful sponsors of the annual Youngsville Hometown Christmas. In terms of festivals this one is lighting quick, comprising a mere couple of hours on a Saturday evening. However, in that time Hometown Christmas manages to fit in a craft show, photo ops with Santa, delicious homemade foods, and a parade. It may be lilliputian in size and time, but it’s scope – like that for the town – is ambitious.
A Hometown Christmas starts with the parade as parade Mr. and Mrs. Claus ride through town in a horse drawn wagon. The processional also includes other people from the community, including bands, dancers, organizations, and local officials. Afterward, Mrs. Claus is at the ROY tent to greet families, while Santa Claus is nestled at the local library to meet with the children. From town to library, the wagon rides continue for the enjoyment of the festival visitors, while downtown streets play host to a cavalcade of food and craft vendors. Visitors can enter for a raffle basket loaded with goodies. Proceeds go to help ROY.
Volunteers at Hometown Christmas put forward their all to raise the holiday cheer. Local churches and organizations serve hot drinks and homemade treats while individuals help children to make special ornaments to be placed on the town tree. Through the streets waft the serenading sounds of choral choirs, barbershop quartets, and even local entertainers. Visitors would be remiss to overlook the ROY wreath competition. Contestants from all over the area proudly display their creations for juried notation. Prizes are awarded for most original, the best use of materials and the people’s choice. The ceremonial lighting of the tree is one the last events to take place and is not to be missed.
Admission is free and Parking is in town.