Heathsville’s Golden Village Christmas was a resounding success Saturday.

Early morning winds had subsided by the time the event started and “We just had a great time,” Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern Executive Director Corrine Becker said afterward.

While the tavern’s green was ringed with vendors and Tavern guild booths, the main event was the Christmas store for youngsters four to 12. In the store, the kids could buy up to 10 gifts for one dollar each. As each child entered the sales area he or she was accompanied by a volunteer elf who helped with the youngster’s selections. Selections made, more volunteers wrapped and tagged the gifts for the children. Each youngster could also get a free book from the Northumberland Public Library’s big blue mobile library.

The children also got to visit Santa Claus and have the cookies Mrs. Claus had baked and brought for them. “How cool is that?” one youngster said.

Around the green, knit goods and Alpaca knit wear was on sale and vendors sold items such as hand made fish scalers, polished oyster shell art, jams, jellies and pickles. The Tavern woodworkers had their creations for sale and greenery was available for purchase.

The Tavern’s bake sale “did really well” Becker said as did its gift shop.

People at the event were treated to free hot cider and candy canes.

The Golden Christmas, an annual event, is “a great way to get into the Christmas spirit,” Becker observed.