Christmas In Polish Village

On Saturday, December 11, 2021 the non-profit Polish Village Parma invites you to the inaugural event, Christmas in Polish Village. Polish Village is the business district in Ward 2 that runs along Ridge Rd. Although the name denotes Polish ethnicity, Polish Village is a melting pot of various nationalities and many small family owned businesses. This event is a combination of Polish and American customs. 

In modern Poland most Poles love to return to their old traditions during the holiday season, much like we do here in the U.S. Traditional dishes are served at the holidays at home. Gingerbread ornaments have hung on Christmas trees since the 1900’s in Poland. Trees are also decorated with with apples, fruit, nuts and candy. Poland is also known for their colorful glass ball ornaments decorated with snowflakes or religious scenes. Cities, towns, and villages host Christmas fairs in their town squares, a tradition dating back to the middle ages. Food stalls fill the air with smells of roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, and pierogi, in addition to stands selling gift items. The fairs are decorated with brightly colored lights and decorations. Christmas Carols are popular. One almost became the national anthem. 

The event kicks off with a big bang! With the guest appearance of Mr. Jingeling, Santa’s Keeper of the Keys and Cleveland’s iconic harbinger of Christmas, (an elf who saved Christmas after Santa lost his keys), will be visiting Polish Village, where he’ll meet up with Santa, of course, to compare notes. Immediately following Santa goes on tour travelling the streets of Polish Village’s Ward 2 residents. 

The Polish Village’s business district, from Pearl and Ridge to Ridge and Snow, joins the celebration. Much like the Christmas Fairs in Polish cities, towns and villages you’ll find the participating businesses welcoming shoppers. Of special note, Rudy’s Strudel & Bakery will be selling, for one day only, the Halle’s Pot Pie Pierogi. Participating businesses will have a luminary with LED candle to alert the public of their participation. An arts and crafts pop-up will be set up also, that day only, with handcrafted items for sale. Santa will be available to listen to children’s requests. Children will be able to make and take home their own (free) gingerbread ornament. The Parma Firemen will have a fire pit blazing to toast marshmallows with the kids. Hot chocolate and popcorn will also be available. 

As you drive down Ridge Rd look for the bright lights in the pocket park, the holiday flower pot decorations and Christmas décor provided for your pleasure by Polish Village Parma, where great neighbors make a great neighborhood. 

The event is free and open to the public. Shop Small for unique gifts and come celebrate Christmas in Polish Village, on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Times to remember, Mr. Jingeling 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Santa’s Tour of Ward 2 streets Noon to 3:00 PM, Shop Small, Shop Polish Village 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Follow Polish Village Parma on Facebook for updates on this festive family fun holiday event.  Brought to you in part, with funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Kathryn Mabin

Board Secretary of Parma Area Fine Arts Council, Inc, or PAFAC, and Artist/Jewlery Designer, Owner Aire of Oppulence.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 7:49 AM, 12.01.2021