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.
Appearing live on the MacArthur Avenue stage directly after the parade will be The Neons from 12:15-12:30; Laura Ann Singh from 12:45 to 1:15; Janet Martin from 1:30 to 2:00; Fat Spirit from 2:15 to 2:45; and The MelBays from 3:00 to 3:30. 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 Jessica Noll, of WTVR Channel, 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, Dr. Nikea Hurt, John Marshall High School marching band, live alpacas, animal rescue groups, ACCA Shriners, Richmond police and firefighters, U.S. Marines, Saint Andrew’s Legion Pipes & Drums, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, YMCA Indian Princesses Cayuga and Indian Guides Waccamaw Tribes, 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. More than 65 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 Colonel David Hudson, Dr. Nikea Hurt, Holton Elementary, Franklin Military Academy, the Bellevue Merchants Association, Jimmy and Daniella 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, Vickie Hall of Stir Crazy, Bobby Shore and Rich Richardson of Decatur’s Garage, Joe Stankus of Classic Touch Cleaning, 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, Holton Elementary School and Franklin Military Academy.