Weekend Entertainment | A Parade of Joy

The long-awaited reopening of West Federal Street will take place Friday, just in time for Youngstown’s annual holiday parade.

The street’s reclosing will take place at some point after the final marching band passes through – but only for intermittent stretches so crews can finish pouring concrete.

So it’s cause for celebration. Weather permitting, a throng of folks will line the route to watch the parade, which will include 14 marching bands and groups.

The festivities will also include the Flea on Phelps holiday gift market. Dozens and dozens of local makers, bakers and artisans will sell their products at a makeshift outdoor market that will be set up along Phelps Street before and after the parade, starting at 4 p.m.

Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. The city’s Christmas tree on Central Square will be ceremoniously lit shortly after the parade ends, which should be around 7:15 p.m.

Several holiday concert tours by national artists will stop in the area this weekend.

Pam Tillis and Phil Vassar will bring their Holidays and Hits tour to the Robins Theatre in Warren on Friday. The two longtime country music greats will sing the songs they have come to be known for and also mix in some Christmas tunes. The concert starts at 8 p.m. For tickets, click HERE.

Piano man Jim Brickman will return to Youngstown on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. Christmas concert at the Ford Family Recital Hall. For tickets, click HERE.

On Saturday, Jackie Evancho, who rose to fame as a 10-year-old after her stint on “America’s Got Talent, will sing timeless Christmas classics at Westminster College’s Orr Auditorium. That concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Click HERE.

On Wednesday, Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music will present its annual Carols and Cocoa event and concert at 6 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium. It’s always a glorious choral and symphonic performance. The evening will begin with cookies and Christmas carols in Stambaugh’s ballroom at 6 p.m. For tickets, click HERE.

For a complete look at everything going on in the Mahoning Valley, check out The List.

Pictured at top: Youngstown’s Christmas tree on Central Square will be lit after the holiday parade Friday evening.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.