Au Sable Forks to celebrate sixth annual Christmas in the Forks

• 4-6 p.m.: "Christmas in Song/Open House" St. James Episcopal Church (Musicians from area churches are invited to come and share their musical talents in celebration of the Holy Season)

• 6 p.m.: Tree Lighting Ceremony at Town of Black Brook Clock Park, Au Sable Forks featuring the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Snoopy. Santa and Mrs. Claus and two very "special guests" will help light our tree this year.

• 7 p.m.: Free holiday movie, popcorn and candy canes for children (Sponsored by the Au Sable Forks Fire Department)

• 7 p.m.: Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Town of Jay Community Center (Sponsored by the Au Sable Forks Revitalization Committee)

The annual tree lighting event has drawn in crowds of approximately 400 people each year. Over the last six years, the hours of this celebration has grown into an all day event for families and children of all ages. Special thanks this year to "Thomas" the horse, who has pulled Santa's sleigh for six years now and he will retire after this year's celebration due to age.

M&M Dinner "Elves" will be on hand at the festivities to collect monetary donations for the Towns of Jay/Black Brook annual toy and food drive. All donations are appreciated and needed!

Town of Jay Supervisor, Randall Douglas (who is emcee of this event) said, "For me, this is one event I don't want to miss. The annual tree lighting is more than just a celebration, it reminds us that we must all work together to do great things! To our parishes, to our businesses, and to residents young and old, may the spirit of Christmas be with you all year long."

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