Friday, December 4, 2015

An Old Fashioned Christmas in Warrensburg

IMG_1018All around the Adirondacks, different communities celebrate the holiday season in a variety of ways. This Friday through Sunday, December 4-6, Warrensburg continues to bring an old fashioned Christmas to visitors and locals alike with its 27th Christmas in Warrensburgh.

According to Christmas in Warrensburgh Chairperson Teresa Whalen the event started when she was decorating her husband’s building for the holidays in downtown Glens Falls. She realized that she wanted to bring the same holiday cheer to her own hometown. Now the event has grown over the years, but the focus is still to highlight all the talented local artisans and activities found around the area.

“Our theme this year is ‘Dashing Through the Snow.’ It’s a town wide event that truly warms you from within. We transform Main Street to a Toy Land. We try to highlight the folk art,” says Whalen. “We have artisans doing spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, chainsaw carving, needlepoint and quilting demonstrations as well as selling their crafts. Christmas in Warrensburgh is full of activities for children and adults. It’s not just face painting and visiting with Santa, though that happens here and is important.”

The event kicks off with a Friday evening performance of “A Christmas Carol: A Grandfather Story” at the Warrensburg High School with a fundraiser dinner at the local Masonic Lodge. The next morning Emerson Town Hall in converted into Toyland, the children’s activities headquarters. Gingerbread house decorating, old-fashioned wooded toy making, pony rides, Santa with his reindeer and origami workshops are just a few of the planned activities. In addition to Toyland, the Senior Center has been converted into an Indoor Holiday Market with local farmers, vendors and live music.

“We also have a U.S. postal cancellation,” says Whalen. “We have designed a stamp to cancel your holiday cards and postcards and they will be stamped with our Christmas logo theme. This year we are focusing on all the winter sporting events. We are blessed with outdoor opportunities here like skating, skiing, sledding and snowshoeing.”

Sunday’s activities continue with breakfast with Santa, Belgium draft mule wagon rides from Simple Life Farm and a craft fair at the Echo Lake Lodge. Hours for Christmas in Warrensburgh are 9-6 each day. Enjoy!

Reindeer photo from Christmas in Warrensburgh provided by Warrenburgh Beautification, Inc. 

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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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