By Kristin Bednarski
The village of New Richmond was transformed for Christmas Dec. 7-8 during the annual River Village Christmas event on the Ohio River.
The streets and shops were decorated with wreaths, bows and lights, and despite rainy weather, residents still came out to enjoy a variety of activities including parades, crafts, carriage rides, shopping, refreshments and more.
The event began Friday with a tree lighting ceremony in Haussermann Park and continued through Saturday evening.
Midi Drew, of New Richmond, came to the River Village Christmas with her family.
“I just like that it has a nice, small-town feel,” Drew said. “That is one of the reasons we moved down here.”
Drew said they came to be a part of the event Friday night and Saturday even though it was raining both days.
“You can’t let the weather dampen the Christmas spirit,” Drew said.
Rhonda Kramig, of New Richmond, came to the village on Saturday and shopped for baked goods to support a local softball team while she was there.
Kramig said she enjoys looking for homemade crafts, talking with people in the village and getting into the Christmas spirit.
“Everyone is participating in the community and getting into the season,” Kramig said.
Several crafters brought their products to sell at the event including Kaylee Becker, who makes many crafts with her mother.
Becker said she was pretty busy during the event, with the most traffic in the evenings.
“I really like how it brings the community together,” Becker said about the event. “Everyone comes down and hangs out.”
One of the popular events on Saturday was the Santa Paws Pet Parade, and a slew of residents, with their dogs, came down to parade through the streets.
Joe Cameron and Katherine Moore, 11, of New Richmond, brought their dog Rudi to participate in the Santa Paws Pet Parade Saturday morning.
“I think it’s great,” Cameron said about the event.
Cameron said he wishes more people would come out to the events and support the businesses in the village.
Many of the businesses along the river had their doors open with crafts and refreshments waiting inside.
Front Street Cafe hosted the Resurrection Hand Bell Ringers from the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Anderson Township.
Nearly a dozen members used hand bells to play Christmas songs for guests.
Santa and Mrs. Claus also made several appearances at the River Village Christmas and participated in the parades.
Robin and Joani Lacy, of New Richmond, came down to the village on Saturday and said they enjoy the event.
“We love Christmas in the village,” Joani Lacy said.
Lacy said you don’t get to experience a small town Christmas in many places anymore.
“This is a slice of Americana on the Ohio River,” she said. “You can slow down, enjoy a carriage ride. I love it.”