Plans have been finalized for a Schroon Lake Christmas celebration.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. with children’s face painting and activities at the Strand Theatre on Main Street.
The traditional Christmas tree lighting and Living Nativity Walk will be held at 5:30 p.m. when Supervisor Cathy Moses will flip the switch in the annual tree lighting ceremony. Immediately following the living nativity and carolers will proceed down Main Street to the crèche and nativity on display at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
Santa will arrive at the Strand Theater at 6 p.m. to meet children. At 8 p.m. the movie “Happy Feet 2” will be screened.
The Schroon Lake Senior Citizens Center will be part of the festivities, serving cookies and hot chocolate 6 to 8 p.m.
The holiday program will replace the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Old Tyme Christmas celebration. The chamber has dropped sponsorship of its annual Old Tyme Christmas celebration after 25 years. Instead, the chamber to hold First Night Dec. 31.
“Liz and Larry McNamara, owners of the Strand Theater, have been hosting this event for numerous years in conjunction with the Old Tyme Christmas celebration,” said Patti Mehm, an event organizer. “They wanted the public to know that they will still be hosting Santa’s arrival, helping to usher in the holidays here in Schroon Lake.”
That same day, the annual Schroon Lake Community Church and Saint Andrews Episcopal Church Christmas bazaar will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Room of the Schroon Lake Community Church.
The Christmas bazaar will include a luncheon, granny’s attic (new and used items), and food and bake table. New this year will be photos with Santa and a children’s craft table.
Also that day the Schroon Lake Teachers Association will display prizes in its annual basket raffle.
“Please don’t forget to help spread some Christmas cheer and support the Schroon Lake Teachers Association December basket raffle, which helps in the major funding of local charities,” Mehm said.
Baskets will be displayed and tickets available for sale at Grand Union 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then at Morningstar Bistro from 5 to 7 p.m. Winners will be drawn on Sunday, Dec. 11.