During the 2010 Christmas in Warrensburgh, Santa Claus met with area children, who were able to pet a live reindeer.
Christmas in Warrensburgh: Dec. 3-4
WARRENSBURG — The annual Christmas in Warrensburgh celebration, featuring activities throughout town for all ages, is scheduled for next weekend.
Now in its 23rd year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 with such offerings as craft demonstrations and sales, caroling, church bazaars, children’s craft activities, traditional acoustic music and gift shopping.
Highlights of the weekend events include a new mini-festival of trees at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, as well as the well-loved “Toyland” activities at the town hall and a tree lighting ceremony — all on Saturday. Friday evening offers readings by area authors at Willows Bistro — and new this year — a children’s craft event at Warrensburg Free Methodist Church.
On Saturday, various churches — plus the Countryside Adult Home — will be holding bazaars plus craft and bake sales.
Open houses and receptions will be held at various shops through town.
Toyland features a variety of craft activities and live Christmas music, plus a visit by Santa and live reindeer as well as rides in a vintage wooden wagon pulled by a miniature horse.
Following tradition, Riverside Gallery will be holding craft demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
That evening, baroque music will prevail as the Adirondack Recorder Band plays selections from The Nutcracker, accompanied by a reading of the holiday story.
Sunday’s activities center around the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Craft Fair, featuring the works of dozens of artisans, at Echo Lake Lodge.
A full schedule will be published in the Dec. 3 edition of the Adirondack Journal.
For details about Christmas in Warrensburgh, contact Teresa Whalen at: 466-5497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Lite Up the Village’ Lake George: Nov. 26
LAKE GEORGE — The village’s annual holiday kick-off festival, set for this weekend, features several new aspects.
A 25-foot Christmas tree, imported from Gettysburg, Pa. will find a new home on Lake George Village’s main intersection as part of their 14th annual “Lite Up the Village” celebration, set for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
This illuminated and decorated tree formerly decorated the national headquarters of the Boyd Bear Co.. It was dismantled and transported to Lake George by employees of Riley’s retail outlets and donated to the Village of Lake George. It will be situated adjacent to the Lake George Visitor Center at the corner of Beach Road and Canada St.
Another new feature in Shepard Park this year will be several new lighting displays which once stood at the Wheeler family residence on Bloody Pond Road. The Village secured the decorations after the Wheelers decided to donate them last season. Their holiday lighting displays have been popular with the public for many years.
This year’s day-long holiday kickoff celebration in Lake George will begin at 5 p.m. with live Christmas music and a holiday show at the Shepard Park band shell with the band “Spellbound,” featuring Robert Noah and Cyndie Wade. They are slated to lead the public in singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
Santa is scheduled to arrive during the 5:45 p.m. park-illumination ceremony and then greet the area’s children at the Lake George Firehouse where the Ladies Auxiliary will provide free refreshments.
The Lake George Community Band will be playing holiday music from 6 to 7 p.m. under the direction of Ray Durkee.
Village merchants will have special sales, refreshments and dining specials all day. The event is scheduled rain or shine and has become one of the village’s most popular off-season events.