Christmas In July Events To Offer Warm Holiday Cheer
FALCONER — Christmas in July is returning to the village.
The multi-day celebration was held for the first time last year as a way to help Falconer residents through difficult times in the midst of the pandemic. This year, events will take place Thursday, July 21, through Saturday, July 23.
Renee Tompsett, a member of the Christmas in July Committee, said events are geared toward being family-oriented.
“It was very well received last year,” Tompsett said. “It’s extremely family-oriented. We have a few new things this year, including games, bounce houses, a Christmas cookie sale and an animated movie, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.'”
Tompsett added that there will also be life-sized games for kids including Yahtzee and Connect 4. The events will be located on the Falconer football field before the movie.
Additional events include a library book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a concert at Davis Park on Thursday, July 21. On Friday, the book sale continues from 9 a.m to 5 p.m., along with a chicken barbecue from 5-6:30 p.m. and the movie showing at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s events include the book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a fun fair for children from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a parade at noon down Main Street, carriage rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Foodies Food Truck from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., bounce houses from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., Kiwanis hot dog sale, Christmas cookie bake sale hosted by Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and a petting zoo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tompsett said the committee is looking forward to the events.
“I’m thrilled it was so well received last year,” Tompsett said. “I’m looking forward to it this year. I’m just happy we’re able to have this family and child oriented event.”
The city of Dunkirk announced a Christmas in July vendor market that will take place Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Memorial Park, the Boardwalk Marketplace and the Dunkirk Pier.
The festive community event, sponsored by DFT Communications, is open to the public. It will feature shopping with craft/gift vendors, local boardwalk/pier merchants specials, Santa/Mrs. Claus and elves visits at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., free horse-drawn wagon rides by Magic Moments Carriage from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., free basket raffle winners drawing at 5 p.m. and Kids’ Reindeer Games (snowball dodge ball, water balloon toss and more) with elves Ryan, Scott and Evon from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with a Nintendo Switch, Van Buren Drive-In Theater gift card and a Pizza Village gift certificate as top prizes. Every child will have a chance to win prizes.
The “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” outdoor movie presented by El Rigby Theater will be shown at dusk
A no-cost vendor shopping map and secret holiday word basket raffle will also be available.