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Lights On fest begins Friday in North Creek

Santa Claus arrives Dec. 1 at firehouse, parade

Matt Thomas, a worker at Frontier Communications, puts up a snowflake light on the utility pole next to the Johnsburg Town Hall in North Creek Thursday, Nov. 29. In all, he put up 15 snowflake decorations around town for the holiday season. This is the fourth year he has volunteered for this project, which is completed on his own time, and Frontier loaned the bucket truck.

Matt Thomas, a worker at Frontier Communications, puts up a snowflake light on the utility pole next to the Johnsburg Town Hall in North Creek Thursday, Nov. 29. In all, he put up 15 snowflake decorations around town for the holiday season. This is the fourth year he has volunteered for this project, which is completed on his own time, and Frontier loaned the bucket truck. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— It’s time once again for the month-long Lights On holiday celebration, which begins Friday, Nov. 30.

People interested in participating in the annual Lights On parade have only a day or so to sign up and prepare a float or walking unit. For more information, contact Lisa Thomas, 251-0815 (Trimmers) or Laurie Arnheiter, 251-4461 (Hudson River Trading Company).

Here is a tentative schedule of the early Lights On activities:

•Friday, Nov. 30: Community Bank Christmas Open House from noon to 3 p.m.

•Friday, Nov. 30: 5 p.m. tolling of the Methodist Church Carillon officially sounds the beginning of "Lights On" for the 2012 holiday season.

•Friday, Nov. 30: Lighting of the community Christmas tree, which was made available by Rob Wing and family and Volt Landscaping. It will be preceded by welcome comments around 5 p.m. from Supervisor Ron Vanselow, a candlelight service dedicated to our service people led by Pastor Wayne Schoonmaker, and caroling led by Denise and Frank Conti, concluded with the playing of “Taps” by a lone bugler.

•Friday, Nov. 30: Owens House Educational Center open house with punch and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your camera to photograph your children talking to this well-known couple.

•Saturday, Dec. 1: Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy a fresh cooked meal of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, milk, juice and coffee at the North Creek Volunteer Fire Company. 7-11 a.m. Cereal will be provided as a choice for those who prefer. Adults $5, kids $3 and children 3 and under will be free. Visit with Santa and let him know what's on your Christmas list. Santa will have a little something for each child. Bring your cameras. Hosted by the North Creek Volunteer Fire Company Support Team.

•Saturday, Dec. 1: Lights On Festival and Holiday Parade in North Creek. The Holiday Parade down Main Street in North Creek starts at 11 a.m., with Santa Claus as a special guest. The parade will start at the North Creek Firehouse and end at the Tri-County Nursing Home.

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