The fourth annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas promises to be bigger and better than ever. The 2013 event will be Nov. 28 through Dec. 8 and is sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.
The fourth annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas promises to be bigger and better than ever.
“It just keeps growing,” said Matthew Courtright, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. “It’s a lot of fun and more and more businesses are excited about participating. Everyone looks forward to the North Country Christmas.”
The 2013 event will be Nov. 28 through Dec. 8 and is sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We cannot thank all of the businesses, organizations and volunteers who make this celebration such a success,” Courtright said. “We work hard to grow the event each and every year for the community, visitors and area businesses. We hope people will join us during the celebration at the many events and, in particular, the Shopping & Dining Night on Friday, Dec. 6, and Small Business Saturday on Saturday, Nov.. 30. Please help support the many wonderful businesses in the Ticonderoga area who work diligently for the community and support all of us in so many ways. We truly have a group of dedicated businesses in the Ticonderoga area.”
Kicking off the holiday celebration will be the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. The train will arrive at approximately 3:15 p.m. in Ticonderoga and 5 p.m. in Port Henry.
Decorated in holiday lights and carrying a live musical show, the goal of the Holiday Train is to collect food and money for local food banks and to raise awareness in the fight against hunger. At each event, the train provides a box car stage, musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community.
Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, is Friday, Nov. 29. Local businesses will be offering promotions that day.
“We want to promote local shopping,” Courtright said. “You can get anything you need for the holidays right in Ticonderoga.”
Small Business Saturday, a national campaign sponsored by American Express, will be observed in Ticonderoga Saturday, Nov. 30. Local businesses will participate with specials and promotions.
The Downtown Gallery will open a new exhibit by the Upper Hudson Valley Watercolor Society Nov. 30 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will be open every day throughout the Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas.
The Ticonderoga Community Christmas Tree will be lit during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, on the Community Building lawn. Santa will attend. There will be live music by Elvis impersonator Jim Cawley and refreshments provided by the Silver Bay YMCA. The first 20 people to arrive will receive a free candy cane and a special gift.
Holiday hayrides will be available Sunday, Dec. 1, 6 to 8 p.m. beginning at the Heritage Museum, sponsored by the Ticonderoga Youth Commission with Lynne and Joe Sawyer.
“Tantalize Your Taste Buds” will be held Monday, Dec. 2, 5 to 7 p.m. Held at Montcalm Liquor with Libby’s Bakery, it will feature wine and food tasting.
“The Family Holiday Book Reading” will be Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Black Watch Memorial Library. Courtright, library staff and volunteers will read Christmas stories to children. Snacks will be provided.
“Letters to Santa and Wish List Night” will be held at Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. Children can write letters to Santa, which will be mailed to the North Pole and answered. Refreshments will be provided. While children write letters, parents can shop, receiving a 25 percent discount on one item.
“Learn to Create Your Own Holiday Arrangement” will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. at the Country Florist. Francine Burke will teach participants to make holiday flower arrangements.
“Fourth of July in December Barbecue” will be Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in Ticonderoga. Tickets will be $12 a person. Take-out meals will be available. The dinner will benefit Ticonderoga’s annual “Best Fourth in the North” celebration.
“Shopping and Dining Night” will be held in Ticonderoga Friday, Dec. 6. Businesses will be open to 9 p.m. for shopping and local restaurants will offer promotions and specials. Participating businesses will have a snowflake in a window. To add to the festive nature of the night, Ticonderoga Central School musicians and Elvis impersonator Jim Cawley will provide holiday music throughout the downtown area. The Ti chamber office will be open offering free refreshments, compliments of Dunkin Donuts.
There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6, sponsored by Gin’s Redemption Center.
The annual “Museums Store” will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Hancock House. It will feature items from the Ticonderoga Historical Society, the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, Ti Arts and Fort Ticonderoga.
“Holiday in Hague” will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. It will feature shopping, a tree decorating contest, a holiday parade, a tree lighting ceremony and a Christmas party.
“Holiday Movie Night” will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Best Western Inn Plus in coordination with the Ticonderoga Festival Guild. A free holiday children’s movie will be screened. There will be free pop corn. Other refreshments will be for sale. Children are encouraged to come in pajamas and bring a blanket.
The annual “Museums Store” will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Hancock House. It will feature items from the Ticonderoga Historical Society, the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, Ti Arts and Fort Ticonderoga.
Fort Ticonderoga will host “The Noble Train Begins!” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. People will have an opportunity to meet the soldiers left behind to guard this frontier outpost, as the first winter of the revolutionary war begins to take hold. People can discover the mechanics of this epic feat Henry Knox would perform for the Continental Army. Admission is $10 a person. Children age 4 and younger are free.
SantaFest, a highlight of the Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas, will take place 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Community Building. It will feature visits with Santa, photos with the jolly elf, games, crafts, face painting, refreshments and more. It typically attracts hundreds of children and their families.
The annual Festival of Trees open house will be held at the Hancock House 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. This will mark the 23rd year for the holiday tradition, which features a festive display of trees decorated by local businesses, organizations, families and individuals.
The Champlain Valley Chorale’s annual Christmas concert will conclude the Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the First United Methodist Church. The concert theme this year is “The Very Best Time of Year.”
The Champlain Valley Strings will accompany the chorale on music from the holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a portion of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and the annual sing along of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.”
For more information go online at www.ticonderogany.com or call the chamber at 585-6619.