Get a head start on holiday cheer with Christmas on MacArthur, a day of family fun that benefits Toys for Tots. Christmas on MacArthur has become one of the largest single donors to Toys for Tots—the U.S. Marine Corps annual toy drive. What’s more every toy donated locally is given to a local child in need. This year’s Christmas on MacArthur runs from 11 till 4 pm on Saturday, December 9 in Bellevue on Richmond’s Northside.
Appearing live on the MacArthur Avenue stage directly after the parade will be All Saints Choir from 12:15-12:30; The MelBays from 12:45 to 1:15; Janet Martin from 1:30 to 2:00; and Fat Spirit from 2:15 to 2:45. The massive professional stage the musical artists perform on comes courtesy of Main Stage Productions and Lee Johnson, a close friend of Jimmy Tsamouras of Dot’s Back Inn and Demi’s Mediterranean Kitchen. Christmas on MacArthur kicks off with the Santa Parade down the center of the 4000 block of MacArthur Avenue.
Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins will emcee the parade. Among the participants in this year’s parade are Jonathan the Juggler, students of Holton Elementary and Franklin Military Academy, Colonel David Hudson, John Marshall High School marching band, live alpacas, Ring Dog rescue, ACCA Shriners, Richmond police and firefighters, U.S. Marines, Saint Andrew’s Legion Pipes & Drums, Holton Safety Patrols, Holton Honor Society, Holton Band, antique cars, hotrods and trucks from Still Runnin’ Magazine Car Club, Peter Francisco’s Lakeside Trolley, and, of course, a visit from St. Nick. He’ll be listening to kids Christmas wishes throughout the day, following the parade.
Christmas on MacArthur also offers great holiday shopping opportunities. Scores of vendors will be on hand with their handmade arts and crafts, all locally made, one-of-a-kind products, which make perfect Christmas gifts.
None of this would be possible without the hard work and commitment of David Hudson, Holton Elementary, Franklin Military Academy, the Bellevue Merchants Association, Jimmy Tsamouras of Dot’s Back Inn and Demi’s Mediterranean Kitchen, Mike LaBelle, Chris and Cecelia Rich of Rich’s Stitches, Bob Kocher of Once Upon A Vine, Teri Phipps and David Schieferstein, Amy Foxworthy and Josh Carlton of the mill on MacArthur, Claire McGowan and Franklin Massie of Stir Crazy, Bobby Shore and Rich Richardson of Decatur’s Garage, Joe Stankus of Classic Touch Cleaning, Chris Egghart, John Whiting, Larry Brown, and scores of other volunteers too numerous to name.
This event is sponsored each year by the Bellevue Merchants Association, North of the James magazine and Holton Elementary School.