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SantaFest on tap in Ticonderoga

Annual event to conclude Ti Area North Country Christmas

The seventh annual Santa Fest will conclude the Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Building. The free event will include music, games, crafts, face painting and a visit from Santa. Refreshments will be available.

The seventh annual Santa Fest will conclude the Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Building. The free event will include music, games, crafts, face painting and a visit from Santa. Refreshments will be available. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— You better watch out, you better not pout. Santa Claus is coming to town.

The seventh annual Santa Fest will conclude the Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Building.

The free event will include music, games, crafts and a visit from Santa. Refreshments will be available.

The event is free and open to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Santa will meet with each child and have photos taken.

Santa Fest attracts hundreds of area children each year.

“It’s definitely become a highlight of the holiday season,” said Matthew Courtright, executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce. “We have so many children and everyone always has a great time.”

The North Country Christmas is the result of the popularity of SantaFest. Four years ago the chamber decided to expand on the SantaFest and create a week-long holiday celebration. That celebration is now 11 days.

“It just keeps growing,” Courtright said. “It’s a lot of fun and more and more businesses are excited about participating. Everyone looks forward to the North Country Christmas.”

There will also be two other events on the final day of the North Country Christmas.

The annual Festival of Trees open house will be held at the Hancock House 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. This will mark the 23rd year for the holiday tradition, which features a festive display of trees decorated by local businesses, organizations, families and individuals.

The Champlain Valley Chorale’s annual Christmas concert will conclude the Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the First United Methodist Church. The concert theme this year is “The Very Best Time of Year.”

The Champlain Valley Strings will accompany the chorale on music from the holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a portion of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and the annual sing along of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.”

North Country Christmas, sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, began with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train on Thanksgiving. Each day through Dec. 8 featured a holiday-theme event, many involving Ticonderoga businesses offering promotions and sales.

“We want to promote local shopping,” Courtright said. “You can get anything you need for the holidays right in Ticonderoga.”

For more information go online at www.ticonderogany.com or call the chamber at 585-6619.

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