Whoville comes to life in “Santa meets the Grinch”


BUCKHANNON — On Saturday, December 10, Whoville will become a reality along the streets of the City of Buckhannon. The Baxa Hotel and Buckhannon-Upshur Retail Merchants Association (BURMA) are co-sponsoring an event named “Santa meets the Grinch” that will have activities for both children and adults.

Jerry Henderson of BURMA shared details of the event. The event is completely free and all children will receive a handmade stocking that will be filled with treats along the stops in Whoville. While the event officially begins at 6 p.m., guests are welcome to come at 5 p.m. for an outdoor showing of the year 2000 film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring Jim Carrey. The film will be shown in the Whoville Outdoor Theatre. Henderson said that warm drinks will be served along with popcorn.

“Mayor Robbie Skinner will open Whoville at 6 p.m.” Henderson explained. “Children will visit the Elf Factory and visit an activity table where two crafts can be made to take home.” Henderson also shared that multiple vendors will be set up with seasonal items and reinforced the importance of supporting home-based businesses. Some other activities including face painting and games will be available. Some of the games include “Ring the Grinch” and “Knock Down Presents.” In addition to these stations, the Buckhannon Police Department, Buckhannon Fire Department and Upshur County Emergency Medical Services will be set up and allowing children to tour their cruisers, fire trucks and ambulances.

The village of Whoville begins by a visit with the Postmaster who starts telling the story of the Who baby that became the Grinch. Following the start of the story, stops will be made including meeting the Grinch’s adoptive parents and meeting Cindy Lou Who and her mother Betty Lou Who. A visit will also be made at Martha May’s home and meeting the Mayor of Whoville. The tour concludes with meeting the Grinch in person and then Santa comes to Whoville to congratulate the Grinch on achieving the true Christmas spirit.

The event is an annual event that has held previous themed events including Toyland and Santa at the North Pole. Henderson shared that the event is made possible by more than fifty volunteers as well as many donations from the community including Christmas trees and décor. Henderson said, “We have over 100 Christmas trees all of which are presented in different themes. Some of the themes include Feliz Navidad, Frosty the Snowman, Feathered Friends, Flamingo Fun, Nascar, Jingle Bell Rock, Gingerbread Sweets and more!

Henderson shared a thank you as well. “Thank you to the City of Buckhannon, city workers, volunteers and vendors for helping make the village of Whoville come to life.” The event is also slated to include a cupcake walk and Sweetie truck from Sweet a Licious that will be dispersing a special treat!

In addition to all the fun listed above, guests are invited to dress up as their favorite Who from Whoville. It certainly sounds like Whoville is the place to be on Saturday December 10 so be sure to stop by for some Christmas fun!

And perhaps remember the following quote from ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ from Cindy Lou Who… “Santa, don’t forget the Grinch. I know he’s mean and hairy and smelly and his hands are cold and clammy, but I think he’s kind of… sweet.”

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