Local Christmas celebrations continue with a parade, tree lighting, music and more.
Middleburgh’s Miracle on Main Street and Sharon Springs’ Parade of Lights, both Friday, will kick off three days of festivities.
Middleburgh’s 20th annual Miracle will run from 5:30-8:30pm with extended store hours, tastings, and treats.
Along Main Street, there will be caroling and musicians, a sound and light show, stilt dancers, photos with Santa in the library, and a chance to visit with local wildlife, farm animals and reindeer.
Kid activities will include pony rides, an Elves Workshop, writing letters to Santa, and a visit from the Grinch.
Non-profit groups will be selling soups, hot pretzels, kettle corn, roasted chestnuts, and baked goods, and local businesses will offer hot chocolate and cookies.
The Middleburgh Central School Select Choir and the Girl Scouts will carol on the library steps, and the Middleburgh Ecumenical Bell Choir will entertain inside, followed by Father Peter with his fiddle and Sister Anna with her puppets and Jim Spencer reading Christmas stories.
Middleburgh snowmen will line Main Street.
In Sharon, the Parade of Lights will return for a 6pm march from the firehouse to the school, also on Friday.
Parade entries are free and everyone’s welcome; contact Charlie Delorme at (518)649-2374 for more information.
Then, Saturday, from 10am-5pm, and Sunday, from 10am-4pm, will be the 9th annual Sharon Springs Victorian Holiday Celebration with live reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides, entertainment, decorating and baking presentations, shopping from more than 30 vendors, photos with Santa and more, all at the Roseboro Hotel.
In Esperance, the village’s second annual tree lighting will take place Saturday, with events from 3-8pm.
There will also be plenty of kids activities including holiday arts and crafts, face painting, a coloring contest with prizes.
There will be hay rides around the village and there will be a local vendors fair.
The Esperance Historical Museum will be open and decorated from 10am-4pm.
There will be crafts for sale there and free cookies, and holiday and historic exhibits.
Next door, the Old Stone Church will be open for Christmas organ music and caroling.
From 1-3pm Saturday, the Central Bridge Civic Association will be sponsoring a Christmas party at the Central Bridge Methodist Church.
There will be games, crafts, cookies, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa.
Also Saturday, from 4-6pm, the Town of Carlisle will host a holiday party at the Carlisle Town Hall on Crommie Road.
There will be refreshments, crafts, games, and Santa as well.
And in Richmondville, from 4-6pm Sunday, the firehouse will be the site for face painting, arts and crafts, music and stories, a tree lighting, and photos with Santa.
There will be free chili, cookies, and hot chocolate.