Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Black Friday: Christmas On Main Street

OldForgeChristmas_newPersonally I feel that all decorations have their time and place. Just because chain stores decided on Christmas merchandising before my kids had even pulled together Halloween costumes, does not mean I have to succumb. I need some distance between my holiday celebrations. Christmas won’t happen in our house until the turkey is considered a leftover.

Around the Adirondacks local stores and businesses aren’t feeling the pressure to celebrate early. They are saving their energy and pulling out all the stops for a Black Friday weekend that is uniquely Adirondack.

Indian Lake is celebrating their 17th annual Country Christmas Tour November 28-29 while Inlet and Old Forge host an Adirondack Christmas on Main Street on November 28-30. Each town is also hosting special holiday workshops for children to be able to take time and make a homemade craft. The area businesses support local artisans and make gift giving special and easy.

In Inlet and Old Forge, an Adirondack Christmas on Main Street is a true small town celebration with all the quaint shops and unique merchandise available that can’t be found in a big box store. These events give you enough time to let your turkey dinner settle down while festive enough to gesture in the Christmas spirit.

In Old Forge some events, like the ADK Christmas train from Utica, have an admission while most events are free. There are horse drawn wagon rides, face painting and special animal encounters with the Utica ZooMobile. Children can have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus and even meet Santa’s Reindeer in front of Walt’s Diner. Throughout the weekend shops are open offering all sorts of Adirondack made items that will fit nicely under your Christmas tree.

All Inlet stores will be open all weekend. There will be plenty of free activities including the annual candy cane hunt in Arrowhead Park. There is also face painting as well as dog parade, tree lighting and caroling around the Town Hall tree. A few specials activities are a Santa Drop Box for letters with a request for a return address to Santa can write back as well as a basket raffle. Participants receive a free raffle ticket for every $10 spent in Inlet so save receipts and bring them to the Inlet Town Hall.

Over 31 different businesses, crafters, artisans and vendors will be set up throughout Indian Lake for annual Country Christmas tour. The event will kick off on Friday at 9 am with artisan and crafter tours. Don’t forget to check out the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts production of “The Sound of Music.” Willemsen’s Train Exhibit will once again be available as well as Mrs. Claus storytime, The Puppet People variety show and candy cane hunt. Children can feed Pygora goats or participate in a holiday workshop creating their own gifts to give. History buffs can take a step back in time and tour The Hedges in Blue Mountain Lake.

Enjoy these Adirondack festivities and have safe travel wherever you spend your Thanksgiving holiday.

Photo of Old Forge Christmas on Main used with the permission of Diane Chase,

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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