River Village Christmas full of tradition

Cold, wet weather fails to dampen Christmas spirit

Sandy Rush and Karen Palm brought their whole crew of dogs to march in the River Village Christmas ReinDog Parade Saturday, Dec. 11. From left are Mowgli dressed as an elf, Baloo dressed as Santa, Princess dressed as Mrs. Claus, and Lucy dressed as a reindeer.

The Village of New Richmond looked like a Norman Rockwell painting last weekend for the River Village Christmas. All that was missing was a little powdery white covering on the decorations.

Front Street was a hive of activity after the festive weekend kicked off with New Richmond Town Crier Bill Knepp and the arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck. The remainder of Friday evening was filled with caroling, carriage rides, and the lighting of the village Christmas tree.

Saturday the store windows along Front Street were red and green testaments to the season complete with train sets and moving figurines. The caroling continued as visitors browsed a wide array of homemade holiday cheer at the craft shows all along Front Street. The morning began with the children’s period costume contest and was followed by Santa returning to the village to have his picture taken with all of the good little girls and boys.

Later in the afternoon the crowd favorite ReinDog Parade was held. Local pet owners and a animal lovers from all over Greater Cincinnati dressed their pets in festive garb and joined the march down Front Street. There were dogs that looked like elves and dogs that looked like Santa, and of course quite a few dogs that looked like Reindeer.

It was around this time that the chilly day became wet as well and the steady rain caused many of Saturday’s activities to end early.