ESSEX The Polar Express will be pulling into Essex next week to mark the start of the holiday season. The annual Christmas in the Village Event will take place from Nov. 30-Dec. 2. This years celebration includes a festival of trees decorated by local schools, businesses and neighbors, high school band and chorus performances, carol singing, bonfires and Christmas shopping in the towns unique seasonal galleries and stores. When such a diverse group of people come together to organize an event such as Christmas in the Village, it would be heartwarming to see lots of children and families attend and have a magical time, said Christmas in the Village Event Chairwoman Susan Prud'homme.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive Saturday morning, alight a waiting horse-pulled carriage and spend the day with visitors after a public breakfast at the Essex Firehall.
There is nothing more magical then to see the crowds of people waiting at the ferry dock for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Clause, and having the high school band playing, said Prud'homme.
A special showing of The Polar Express by the Champlain Valley Film Society will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge. A special Jingle Bell necklace souvenir will be presented to the first 40 children. Donations graciously accepted.
We have added high school carolers and there will be a special sing-a-long at the Masonic Lodge just before the movie that is also new this year, said Prudhomme.
Other events include a coloring contest for children K-6 with entries on public display at historic St. Johns Episcopal Church, and The Community Church will host a craft fair and luncheon.
A highlight of this weekend is the participation of nationally renowned author/illustrator, Steven Kellogg, who will present a book signing on Saturday at The Essex Inn.