Tradition reigns during Christmas in Warrensburgh fest

WARRENSBURG - The annual Christmas in Warrensburgh celebration, embracing traditional values as well as fun activities for all ages, is set for this weekend.

This year's event, set for Sat. and Sun. Dec. 5 and 6, marks its 21st year of celebrating the holidays with such offerings as craft demonstrations and sales, caroling, church bazaars, children's activities, traditional acoustic music, gift shopping, and profound hospitality throughout the community.

Event founder Teresa Whalen said it's been heartwarming to be involved with the event for more than two decades, watching the sparkle in children's eyes and the beaming expressions on adults' faces as they participate in the holiday fun.

"This long-standing tradition brings our community, young and old alike, together during this festive season for spiritual and cultural enrichment," she said. "It's so good to see the joyful spirit of the event passed on, generation to generation."

Friday Dec. 4, Events & Activities

• Concert by Warrensburg Central School Mastersingers, 7 p.m. at the Coffee Room cafe, Lower Main St.

• Holiday Decorating Tips and Refreshments, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. at Aloha Florist, Main St.

• Christmas-themed readings by authors, 7 p.m. at Willows Bistro, Main St. downtown. David Pitkin, others to read their works.

Saturday Dec. 5, Events & Activities

• The holiday celebrations are held throughout town, but the Warrensburg Town Hall, turned into "Toyland" for Saturday, is a main focus for children's activities.

Here, children will be making gingerbread houses, ornaments and other crafts including wooden toys, and Santa will be visiting with live reindeer, giving rides for children in a cart. There will be bake sales and food concessions. and some holiday-inspired face-painting, as well as holiday postal cancellations. Photos with Santa will be available from 10 a.m. to noon, and 1-3 p.m. Carriage Rides with "Teddy" the Miniature Horse are available 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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