Christmas in St. Maries

Small towns just do things better.

Take Christmas celebrations, for example. Twinkling lights wrapped around trees along Main Avenue, neighbors huddled around open fires, the subtle coziness that – even if it’s only for a short time – reminds us of the sense of togetherness that the season brings. The St. Maries Chamber of Commerce has managed to take the feelings associated with the season and package them beautifully into the first weekend of each December.

Blayze Shea gets a photo taken with Santa during the Christmas in St. Maries celebration. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

The annual event is part celebration, part economic boost, all small-town nuance at its best. With events starting at 9 a.m. and ranging from craft fairs, a stroll along Main Avenue, the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree contest and a letters-to-Santa writing station – all building up to the lighted Christmas parade – The Chamber has turned a novel idea into a much-anticipated annual event for vendors and shoppers alike.

Ulana Conn and McKaylah Morrison eat popcorn and ride down Main Avenue on a horse-drawn wagon during the 2011 Christmas in St. Maries celebration. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

Cheri Woodin and Sue Shoemaker check out a Charlie Brown Christmas tree on Main Avenue. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

Horse-drawn carriage rides are one of the features of the day-long celebration. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

 

Two boys warm up by huddling around a fire pit that was placed along Maine Ave. during the 2011 Christmas in St. Maries celebration, Dec. 3. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

The lighted parade is the finale of the Christmas in St. Maries celebration. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.