TICONDEROGA - A North Country Christmas is coming to Ticonderoga.
Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, the North Country Christmas will be a week of holiday-related events in the community.
"We've done Santa Fest a few years and it's been successful," explained Matt Courtright, chamber executive director. "This year we've decided to incorporate our business community by involving merchants in the events."
North Country Christmas will be held Nov. 29 through Dec. 5.
The arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway "Holiday Train" will again kick off the week.
The decorated train is scheduled to stop at the Ticonderoga train station at 4:45 p.m. and at the Port Henry train station at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29.
Following the train stop, the town Christmas tree will be lit on the Ticonderoga Community Building lawn at 7 p.m. The ceremony will include music and refreshments.
This year the tree will be in honor of the late Tony Morette.
This will be the sixth year the train, covered with hundreds of holiday lights and carrying a live concert, will stop in Ti. It has stopped in Port Henry the past five years.
The Black Watch Memorial Library in Ti will host "Family Holiday Book Reading" Tuesday, Nov. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Parents are encouraged to bring children, in their pajamas, to hear holiday stories read by library staff and Courtright. Snacks will be provided.
"Letters to Santa & Wish List Night" will be held Wednesday, Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m. at Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe on Montcalm Street. Children are invited to come and write letters to Santa, which will be shared with parents, before being mailed to the North Pole. Parents will receive 25 percent off coupon for shopping at the store.
Thursday, Dec. 2, The Country Florist & Gifts will host a "create your own holiday arrangement demonstration" at 4 p.m.
"Shopping & Dining Night" will be held Friday, Dec. 3. Participating businesses will be open until 9 p.m. offering discounts and promotions.
The chamber office will also be open that night with complimentary refreshments.
The annual Museum Store, located at the Hancock House, will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Participating museums will be the Ticonderoga Historical Society, Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Arts and the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum. Each will offer a variety of items from their gift shops for sale.
"Holiday Movie Theater Night" will be featured Saturday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Champlain Room of the Best Western-Ticonderoga on Burgoyne Avenue.
A yet-to-be-determined holiday movie will be shown on a large screen. Children are invited to come in pajamas with their favorite blanket. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than age 16. Refreshments will be on sale.
The annual Museum Store, located at the Hancock House, will again be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The traditional Santa Fest will conclude the North Country Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 5, 1-4 p.m. at the Community Building.
Santa Fest will feature a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, refreshments and activities, such as ornament making, tree decorating, making of holiday cards and balloon art.
The event is free and open to the public.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet with each child and have photos taken.