TICONDEROGA - The third annual Santa Fest will be held in Ticonderoga.
The community holiday party has been planned by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday, Dec. 5, 1:30-4 p.m. at the Community Building, followed by the town tree lighting ceremony.
Santa Fest will feature a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a community tree lighting ceremony, 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, said Barb Brassard, chamber executive director.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet with each child and have photos taken.
Last year's event drew a large crowd of children and adults to the Community Building.
Santa Fest is just part of a busy holiday-theme weekend in Ticonderoga.
The Museums Christmas Store will be open at Ticonderoga Heritage Museum (entrance to Bicentennial Park) Friday, Dec. 4, 2-8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Participating museums will be Fort Ticonderoga, the Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum, Ticonderoga Arts and the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum. Each will offer a variety of items from their gift shops for sale.
The Festival of Trees, a holiday tradition in Ticonderoga, will also begin that weekend at the Hancock House.
"The Ticonderoga Historical Society's Festival of Trees is an established community event held yearly at the Hancock House," said Bill Dolback, historical society president. "We are encouraging the entire community to support the Ticonderoga Historical Society in this project.
"We are extending an invitation to any local charity, non-profit organization, business, group or individual to decorate a tree and place it in the Hancock House for everyone to see during the upcoming holiday season," he said.
The trees will be on display through the end of December.