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Historic Yorktown will march to a holiday beat on Saturday

The Fifes and Drums of Yorktown will participate in a Toyland Parade Saturday. (Courtesy York County)

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Yorktown waterfront Saturday.

Their appearance comes as part of the final Market Days event of 2017, according to a release from York County. It’s free, open to children of all ages and it runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Among the highlights is a Toyland Parade at 1:30 p.m., when Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Fifes and Drums of York Town will lead a march through Riverwalk Landing.

Participants are encouraged to show off their holiday spirit by decorating their strollers, wagons, pets and children, the release said.

Other children’s activities include a colonial Christmas program from the Watermen’s Museum, holiday music by “Heart Strings,” holiday arts and crafts and rides on Riverwalk Landing’s Polar Express.

Those events will take place from 1-3 p.m., in the grassy area near the fountain.

If you need gifts or greenery, a holiday-themed farmers market with wreaths and decorations will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas gift baskets, gourmet dog treats, fresh breads, chowder, soups, baked goods, jams and jellies will also be available, as well as syrups, seasonal produce and homemade soaps.

The SEVA GRREAT Golden Retriever Rescue, a rescue, education and training group, will have several dogs on hand.

And Yorktown’s Carrot Tree Kitchens will host a cooking demonstration at 10:30 a.m.

There will be free parking at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, the County Administration Building and other public parking lots.

Yorktown Trolley, which is free and wheelchair accessible, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The market will be back on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

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Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.

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