Mantua will host a village-wide holiday event Dec. 7

Image of a dark red moon framed by power lines and a holiday wreath
The Nov. 8, 2022, blood moon as seen from Garrettsville. Jeremy Brown/The Portager

The village of Mantua will host “A Merry Evening in the Village” from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7.

Sporting Christmas decorations and stocked with holiday items, village shops will be open until 8 p.m. Restaurants will offer food specials, and the Crestwood High School choir will sing Christmas carols.

The Crestwood band will hold a cookie walk at the Restoration 44 Coffee Co., with proceeds to benefit their planned February trip to perform at Walt Disney World.

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., more than 20 vendors will offer unique gift options at a Farmers and Makers Market in the basement of the Granary building on Prospect Street.

The Mantua Rotary Club will be accepting bids for its decorated Christmas tree auction; all the trees will be on display throughout the event. A Rotary member will personally deliver trees to the high bidders on Dec. 10.

People who wish to view the event in style may arrange for carriage rides, available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. To reserve one of 210 available spots, visit Eventbrite.

On-street parking is limited and is not legal in some areas. Free parking will be available at Compass Packaging’s employee parking lot at the corner of Orchard Street and Main Street, at Advanced Rehab on Mill Street and at the Headwaters Trailhead behind McDonald’s. Golf cart rides will be available for people with mobility issues.

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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.