Thursday, November 15, 2001

'Christmas in the Village' returns to Cleves

Train rides, turkey dinner highlight fest

By Angela T. Koenig
Enquirer Contributor

        CLEVES — The 14th annual “Christmas in the Village” will be on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, this year, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

        Among the offerings are: craft booths, live entertainment throughout the village, fire engine and carriage rides, visits with Santa, snack shops and a turkey dinner Saturday night.

        “We work on this all year round,” said Jim Moore, member of the Christmas committee.

        The cost to put on the event, he said, is about $13,000 and is funded by donations and the sale of the Valley Journal, an annual publication of local news and events.

        Cleves, a village of 3,000 people, also hosts Gravelrama each summer, an annual weekend of four-wheel-drive, off-road racing.

        The Christmas event brings back, for the second year, pleasure rides on the Christmas Train, an hour-long excursion on a privately owned train. The route this year is from Cleves to Cincinnati. Rides depart at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday and every two hours beginning at noon and ending at 8 p.m. Saturday.

        Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on site, depending on availability. Shuttle buses will take passengers from the old Kroger building on Miami Avenue to the train next to the Dental Depot on U.S. 50 (River Road).

        Tickets can be purchased at the Cleves Drive-In Restaurant and Merrilees Hardware, at the Kroger store in Whitewater Township, and at Marty's Pub in Miami Heights.

       For more information call Jim Moore at 513-941-3220.


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