Lite Up Village' event to feature green theme

LAKE GEORGE - Lake George Village's "Lite Up the Village" celebration will take on a new"green" aspect this year as thousands of energy-saving holiday LED lights are illuminated for the public.

The annual celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 27 in Shepard Park, will feature several displays by the village's "Go Green" committee, and perhaps an appearance by Socket Boy, a character that's been touring the state promoting energy efficiency on behalf of the state Energy Research Development Authority. Displays are expected to include a power-generating bicycle and the sale of recyclable grocery bags.

The family-orientated event kicks off at 4 p.m. with carol singing, featuring popular local vocalist Cyndie Wade-Wood leading a public rendition of "Twelve Days of Christmas."

Mr. Twisty's Magic Show takes to the Shepard Park stage at 4:30 p.m. preceding the countdown to the arrival of Santa Claus at 5:15 p.m. Santa's arrival is celebrated with a fireworks display off MacDonald Pier over the lake.

Members of the Lake George Volunteer Fire Department will then escort Santa to the Village's firehouse where he will greet children with treats supplied by the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce.

An added feature this year will be a festive holiday sing-along and band concert in the firehouse meeting room, performed by a group from the Lake George Community Band led by Conductor Raymond Durkee.

Refreshments will be served by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Volunteer Fire Department. The free event is highlighted by the illumination of over 3,500 holiday bulbs lining the village's Canada Street and Shepard Park. This year the majority of the village's bulbs will be energy-saving LED lights, which is expected to dramatically cut the electricity use and associated cost.

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