The holiday season is fast approaching and so is Wayland Main Street’s 8th annual Art Hop! Starting on Friday December 2nd, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, the streets of downtown Wayland will transform into a festive celebration of the Christmas season, downtown businesses, and the people that make downtown Wayland a wonderful place to shop, eat, and play.
Art Hoppers will get to know downtown Wayland businesses a bit better as participating businesses transform into art venues for the night. Each participating business will feature unique and talented artists showcasing and or selling their art.
Downtown streets will be closed off to create a stroll friendly atmosphere and warming stations will be available. Other family friendly activities include horse and wagon rides, strolling carolers, interactive Charles Dickens characters, the annual Christmas tree lighting, and more.
Artists are encouraged to register for the opportunity to showcase and sell their art. The registration form and other information can be found at https://downtownwayland.com/art-hop/.
The fun continues on Saturday with Wayland’s Annual Christmas parade hosted by the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce. The parade begins at 11:00 am at the Wayland VFW Post 7581 located at 735. S. Main Street. This year’s parade theme is “Toyland.” Those entering the parade should decorate accordingly. For more information, visit the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce website.
The Wayland Boy Scout Troop 97 is encouraging parade spectators to bring non-perishable food items or gently used or new coats, gloves, scarves, boots and hats. There will be Boy Scouts walking in the parade ready to pick up and receive these items as they go by. All items will go towards the Wayland Christmas project, which donates meals and gifts to those in need. After the parade, children can visit Santa at the Wayland Fire Department. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
Prior to the parade, the community is invited to attend the annual pancake breakfast at the Wayland Fire Department at 160 W. Superior Street from 7:00 to 10:30 am. For a nominal charge, guest can enjoy a hot breakfast consisting of an All-You-Can-Eat buffet with pancakes, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee.
“The annual Art Hop is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season,” said Denise Behm, co-chair of Wayland Main Street’s Art Hop committee. “Art Hop is free and family friendly and brings the community and downtown district together in a celebration of downtown Wayland and the holiday season.”
For more information about the event, please contact Wayland Main Street at (888) 417-6653 or visit the Art Hop Event page at https://downtownwayland.com/art-hop/.
Wayland Main Street organizes and implements a holistic revitalization program for Downtown Wayland. We are friends and neighbors pulling together in a grassroots organization powered by community business and property owners, employees and volunteers, and residents and visitors of all ages. We are building legacy by encouraging and catalyzing preservation, investment and development. We are hometown folks celebrating place by bringing people together at special events, promoting awareness and involvement, and instilling pride in Wayland. For more information, visit https://downtownwayland.com/.