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Communities to hold annual holiday festivals

During the 2010 Christmas in Warrensburgh, Santa Claus met with area children, who were able to pet a live reindeer.

During the 2010 Christmas in Warrensburgh, Santa Claus met with area children, who were able to pet a live reindeer.

Christmas in Warrensburgh: Dec. 3-4

WARRENSBURG — The annual Christmas in Warrensburgh celebration, featuring activities throughout town for all ages, is scheduled for next weekend.

Now in its 23rd year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 with such offerings as craft demonstrations and sales, caroling, church bazaars, children’s craft activities, traditional acoustic music and gift shopping.

Highlights of the weekend events include a new mini-festival of trees at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, as well as the well-loved “Toyland” activities at the town hall and a tree lighting ceremony — all on Saturday. Friday evening offers readings by area authors at Willows Bistro — and new this year — a children’s craft event at Warrensburg Free Methodist Church.

On Saturday, various churches — plus the Countryside Adult Home — will be holding bazaars plus craft and bake sales.

Open houses and receptions will be held at various shops through town.

Toyland features a variety of craft activities and live Christmas music, plus a visit by Santa and live reindeer as well as rides in a vintage wooden wagon pulled by a miniature horse.

Following tradition, Riverside Gallery will be holding craft demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

That evening, baroque music will prevail as the Adirondack Recorder Band plays selections from The Nutcracker, accompanied by a reading of the holiday story.

Sunday’s activities center around the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce’s annual Holiday Craft Fair, featuring the works of dozens of artisans, at Echo Lake Lodge.

A full schedule will be published in the Dec. 3 edition of the Adirondack Journal.

For details about Christmas in Warrensburgh, contact Teresa Whalen at: 466-5497 or taawhalen@yahoo.com.

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