The Thanksgiving leftovers are (almost) eaten, the relatives have gone home, and we’ve survived Black Friday. That means it’s time for Wyoming’s annual holiday extravaganza! On Saturday, December 1st, you’ll be able to spend the entire day eating, drinking, shopping, singing, and otherwise ringing in the holiday season with events and vendors all over Wyoming.

Start bright and early at the 7th annual Flapjacks and Fortissimo Fundraiser, from 8 am to 11 am in the Wyoming High School cafeteria. Listen to musical performances by our talented students of all ages, while you sip delicious La Terza coffee from Wyoming Community Coffee and dine on pancakes supplied by Half Day Cafe. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door; check the schedule and details here.

From there you’ll want to score your Christmas tree, wreaths, pine roping, and centerpieces at the Kindervelt sale, on the tennis courts behind the high school. Proceeds from the sale support the psychiatric emergency assessment center (KV PEACe) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The sale takes place from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, and from noon to 4pm on Sunday, December 2nd, with some new additions from previous years: Noon to 3pm both days will have $5 visits and photos
with Santa, as well as a Santa letter-writing station. On Saturday, Pop-A-Dog will be selling hot dogs, chips, and drinks to aid the fundraising.

Also at the tennis courts both days, the Junior Women’s Club will be selling luminary kits for Light Up Wyoming. The kits are $20 ($15 for seniors) and include everything you need to decorate your walk on December 8th. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Wyoming community and organizations around Cincinnati. You can learn more or order kits on the JWC website.

Need gifts? Of course you do! That means you must get over to Wyoming’s Holiday One Stop Shop to choose gifts from over 30 vendors, crafters, and artists. Held in the newly-renovated Civic Center on Worthington Ave., the One Stop Shop is a Wyoming tradition. It runs from 10am to 3pm, with food and drink available for purchase from WyCoCo and Kaimelsky’s, and the Wyoming Civic Winds music group performing all day long. Check out the event information on Facebook.

As long as you’re out and about the town, make it a point to visit some of the many shops and restaurants that make Wyoming so special (and maybe pick up a copy of Wyoming’s locally-created picture book, “Good Morning Wyoming”!).