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Children’s activities to be part of Follansbee’s Christmas celebration

FOLLANSBEE — A group of volunteers has expanded the city’s annual Christmas light-up Saturday to include activities for children.

Through the years, city officials have arranged the singing of carols and an appearance by Santa Claus around the lighting of the city’s Christmas display at the Ray Stoaks Plaza outside the Follansbee City Building.

This year, a volunteer group led by Robin McIntosh has invited children from Brooke Primary South and Brooke Intermediate South to take part in a short parade along Virginia Avenue, Raymond Street, Jefferson Avenue and Penn Street, where the plaza is located.

McIntosh said joining the children will be the Brooke Middle School Band, members of the Follansbee Fire Department in one of their trucks and several older youths who have volunteered to serve as escorts for the procession, which will begin at 3 p.m.

She said while awaiting the lighting of the plaza’s Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m., children may do Christmas crafts and have their faces painted while adults will be invited to sign Christmas cards for residents at Brightwood Center, a local nursing home; and everyone may sing Christmas carols.

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and a handful of vendors also will be on hand.

McIntosh said tents and two fire pits will be in place to warm attendees.

She encouraged attendees to bring a canned good for an ongoing drive being held at the Folllansbee City Building for the Follansbee R.E.A.C.H. Program, a local food pantry.

McIntosh noted the festivities are something she and about a dozen other volunteers had planned for last year but had to cancel because of the pandemic.

“We want to encourage community involvement,” said McIntosh, who expressed thanks to city and school officials for their support.

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