Mother and Father Christmas are scheduled for another grand appearance in the historic town of Cumberland Gap. The couple invites all merrymakers to the temporarily-vacated Ravnum residence to enjoy a bit of the ol’ time cheer.
For over 20 years, children of all ages have marked their yearly calendars for the entrance of the Christmas season via a visit by the North Pole couple.
The 2016 installment of A Victorian Christmas will begin promptly at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3, just after the triumphant entrance of Mother and Father Christmas into the Gap, via the town fire truck.
The home will be open for visitors until 3 p.m.
The festivities have been expanded this year, as the town gears up for a special after-party complete with hot cider and cookies at Festival Park.
The Christmas story will be read from the Bible Book of Luke. And, carolers will bring the story in song for all to enjoy.
At 5:30 p.m., the official lighting of the town Christmas tree will set off a chain reaction, as all participating residents throw the switch to their individual seasonal lights.
The Cumberland Gap Artists’ Cooperative is spearheading this after-party event with the cooperation of the good folk of the town.
The after-party will commence at 4 p.m., giving visitors a bit of time beforehand to peruse the specialty shops along the historic downtown district, register for door prizes and purchase those unique, one-of-a-kind items at special prices.
John Ravnum, who has been in close communications with the spritely pair, says the couple hopes to see a large turnout this year, including those who may not have children of their own.
“You’re never too old to spend some time with Mother and Father Christmas,” said Ravnum.
The historic Victorian residence is located on Colwyn Street, in downtown Cumberland Gap.
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