Lake George The village’s annual holiday kick-off festival, set for this weekend, features several new aspects.
A 25-foot Christmas tree, imported from Gettysburg, Pa. will find a new home on Lake George Village’s main intersection as part of their 14th annual “Lite Up the Village” celebration, set for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
This illuminated and decorated tree formerly decorated the national headquarters of the Boyd Bear Co.. It was dismantled and transported to Lake George by employees of Riley’s retail outlets and donated to the Village of Lake George. It will be situated adjacent to the Lake George Visitor Center at the corner of Beach Road and Canada St.
Another new feature in Shepard Park this year will be several new lighting displays which once stood at the Wheeler family residence on Bloody Pond Road. The Village secured the decorations after the Wheelers decided to donate them last season. Their holiday lighting displays have been popular with the public for many years.
This year’s day-long holiday kickoff celebration in Lake George will begin at 5 p.m. with live Christmas music and a holiday show at the Shepard Park band shell with the band “Spellbound,” featuring Robert Noah and Cyndie Wade. They are slated to lead the public in singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
Santa is scheduled to arrive during the 5:45 p.m. park-illumination ceremony and then greet the area’s children at the Lake George Firehouse where the Ladies Auxiliary will provide free refreshments.
The Lake George Community Band will be playing holiday music from 6 to 7 p.m. under the direction of Ray Durkee.
Village merchants will have special sales, refreshments and dining specials all day. The event is scheduled rain or shine and has become one of the village’s most popular off-season events.
During the 2010 Lite Up the Village fest, popular area entertainer Cyndie Wade interviews spectators as children wait to greet Santa Claus. Wade will be appearing this year with the band “Spellbound” in a celebration that includes several new features.