The North Country Christmas is growing.
Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, the North Country Christmas will be a week of holiday-related events in the community. In its second year in 2011, the event has expanded.
“Last year was very successful and a lot of people want to be involved,” explained Matt Courtright, chamber executive director. “The community really turned out last year and we got a lot of positive feedback. Next year we may have to expand to two weeks.”
North Country Christmas will be held Nov. 28 through Dec. 4.
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 3:50 p.m. and at the Port Henry train station at 5:35 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28.
Following the train stop, the town Christmas tree will be lit on the Ticonderoga Community Building lawn at 6 p.m. The ceremony will include musicby Dan Sadowski and Joe McGinness from The Inlaws and refreshments provided by the Silver Bay YMCA.
This will be the seventh 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 six years.
All About Critters will host “Meet the Woodland Animals” Tuesday, Nov. 29, 4 to 5 p.m. The family event will teach participants to make pine cone bird feeders. The cost is $8 a family.
That same day the Black Watch Memorial Library in Ti will host “Family Holiday Book Reading” 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, Nov. 30, 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. 1, The Country Florist & Gifts will host a “create your own holiday arrangement demonstration” at 4 p.m.
That same day All About Critters will host “Animal Antics” for children 4 to 6 p.m. Parents can drop their children at the store while they shop. Children will have an opportunity to make holiday crafts and have refreshments. The cost is $5 an hour.
The “Fourth if July in December” will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Knights of Columbus on Montcalm Street. The event will be a benefit for the community’s Best Fourth in the North organizing committee.
“Shopping & Dining Night” will be held Friday, Dec. 2. Participating businesses will be open until 9 p.m. offering discounts and promotions. The list of participating businesses and specials is available in today’s Times of Ti and at the chamber office. Last year 40 businesses took part.
The chamber office will also be open that night with complimentary refreshments provided by Stewart’s. There will also be live caroling in the downtown area.
All About Critters will again host “Animal Antics” for children 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2. Parents can drop their children at the store while they shop. Children will have an opportunity to make holiday crafts and have refreshments. The cost is $5 an hour.
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.
Also on Dec. 2, Glens Falls national Bank will host “Kids Holiday Craft Day” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a free event.
“Holiday Movie Theater Night” will be featured Saturday, Dec. 3, 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, who must be accompanied by an adult, 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 movie is being co-sponsored by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild and chamber of commerce.
The annual Museum Store, located at the Hancock House, will again be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Fort Ticonderoga will offer “Hot Chocolate at a Cold Fort” Dec. 3 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program will give visitors a glimpse at the English and Dutch holiday traditions of soldiers at the fort in 1776.
The traditional Santa Fest will conclude the North Country Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 4, 1-3:30 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.
The Champlain Valley Chorale will present its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the First United Methodist Church on Wicker Street.