Cute elves, ugly sweaters join Santa in Medina holiday celebration

Staff Reports Posted 30 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Peggy Barringer

MEDINA – There were activities from morning to night for Medina’s Old Tyme Christmas Celebration on Saturday.

The “Home for the Holidays”event included a Cutest Little Elf Contest. The top photo shows the winners, including from left: Madelene Wilcox of Buffalo, second place; Jaelyn Castricone of Medina, first place; and Aurora Owczarczak of Medina, third place. Jaelyn got to ride in the noon parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Santa and Mrs. Claus greet folks in the downtown.

Cutest Elf contest winner Jaelyn Castricone gets to ride with Santa.

All the cutest elf contestants were invited to walk in the noon parade to celebrate Santa’s arrival.

Melodee and Kadinz Sager of Medina decorate cookies at Case-Nic Cookies.

Maddysen Snook with her grandpa Christopher Seefeldt, both of Medina, enjoy the parade with Santa’s arrival.

Shawna Baldwin paints Olaf, a popular request, on Elizabeth Giarla of Barker at Wide Angle Gallery.

Catherine Cooper, director at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, reads classic Christmas stories during Story Hour at the library.

Horse-drawn wagon and sleigh rides were provided courtesy of Hartland Carriage of Gasport.

Jodi and Russ Peters sing Christmas Carols for the folks gathered at The Bread Basket.

Georgia Thomas wears some vintage clothes at the Medina Historical Society open house. Georgia said that the house was decorated circa 1850 with a tabletop Christmas tree with natural-type ornaments of ribbons, lace and gingerbread cookies.

Erik Wilcox of Buffalo was the winner of the Ugly Sweater Contest held at Tea & Couture Atelier.

Erik’s “ugly” sweater includes a cut-out framing his ipad playing Christmas videos and taped-on Christmas lights. He and his family learned of the Medina Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration by searching online. They thought it would be the perfect location for them to meet up with his mother Carol, of Greece, NY. They each traveled halfway for a family day of fun.