Thursday, November 16, 2023

Holiday shopping events, community celebrations around the ADKs

Christmas tree ornaments.

Lake Placid, NY – Adirondack residents and visitors are encouraged to shop locally this holiday season. Community events, craft fairs, small business Saturdays, and holiday-themed shopping events have been scheduled throughout November and December.

Many of these community- and business-based events focus on the importance of supporting local shops, services, and restaurants throughout the holiday season by presenting unique shopping experiences, highlighting the availability of unique gift ideas, and showcasing personalized service.

“Holiday stroll” events have been planned in a number of towns and villages. The events combine an opportunity to visit these communities, while taking advantage of specials at many local businesses, allowing them to check items off their gift list. Community-based craft fairs and other holiday events within the region’s communities also provide exceptional shopping experiences, while also sharing opportunities to learn about interesting small businesses and talented local artisans.

According to Jane Hooper, communications manager at the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), the organization supports local business by helping to promote the services and products available within the region to both visitors and residents. “Seasonal events showcase the communities and businesses within them that provide unique gift ideas, hand-crafted treasures and personalized service,” she said. “Through our annual #ShopADK campaign ROOST actively promotes small business, along with local communities throughout the Adirondack region. Shopping locally directly supports our neighbors who own and work in these establishments.”

Small Business Saturday, taking place on November 25, is a nationwide day dedicated to supporting small businesses and communities. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. Since it started in 2010, consumers have reported spending an estimated $163 billion at small businesses. Small businesses throughout Adirondack region communities offer specials, giveaways, special store events, and more.

“Our local businesses are committed to ensuring that people enjoy their shopping experiences throughout the year,” commented Hooper. “Exploring our Adirondack communities and discovering unique local business is especially fun during the holidays, with many special events and activities taking place.”

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is the destination marketing and management organization for Hamilton and Essex counties, along with the communities of Lake Placid, Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, all located within the Adirondacks in New York state.


Holiday Community Shopping:

Country Christmas Tour in Indian Lake
Dates: Thursday, November 23 – Friday, November 24
Town/Location: Indian Lake
Description: A two-day event showcasing “Made in the Adirondacks” arts and holiday gifts. Family activities, wreath making.

Adirondack Christmas on Main Street in Inlet
Dates: Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26
Town/Location: Inlet
Description: Downtown shops will be open and offering specials. Activities, refreshments, Santa, tree lighting.

Speculator Holiday Stroll
Date: November 24, 2 – 6pm
In its 15th year, the holiday stroll invites holiday shoppers to explore the community, along with its unique shops – perfect for finding that unique gift.

Holiday Shopping and Dining Night in Ticonderoga
Dates: Friday, December 1, 5 – 8pm
Town/Location: Ticonderoga
Description: As part of Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas, enjoy holiday shopping and dining night with promotions, specials, a holiday farmers market, live music, a parade of lights, and free raffles.

Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll
Dates: Friday, December 8 – Sunday, December 10
Town/Location: Lake Placid
Description: A Lake Placid tradition, the Holiday Village Stroll is a family and couples weekend. The event spans three days and includes a skating party, photos with Santa, a free movie showing, and scavenger hunt.

Tupper Lake Holiday Stroll
Dates: Friday, December 15 – Saturday, December 16, 4pm – 7pm
Town/Location: Tupper Lake
Description: A community event featuring specials on Park Street, a holiday movie night, and vendors at the Tupper Lake Depot.

Holiday Craft Fairs:

Newcomb Holiday Craft Fair 
Dates: Saturday, November 18, 10am – 3 pm and Sunday, November 19, 11am – 2pm
Town/Location: Newcomb
Description: Local craft and vendor sale

Annual Christmas Fair at First United Methodist Church
Dates: Saturday, November 18, 9am – 2pm
Town/Location: Ticonderoga
Description: Christmas Fair featuring gifts, Christmas decor, silent auction

Wilmington’s Holiday Craft & Gift Fair
Dates: Saturday, November 18, 10am – 2pm
Town/Location: Wilmington, Twisted Raven

Small Business Saturday Artisan Market
Dates: Saturday, November 25, 10am – 4pm
Town/Location: Schroon Lake, Mountainside Bible Chapel
Description: Showcase of local vendors, silent auction, raffle, and food

Holidays in Essex
Dates: Friday, December 1 – Saturday, December 2
Town/Location: Downtown Essex
Description: Christmas tree lighting, caroling, craft fair, performance by the Sweet Adelines, kids’ activities, pancake breakfast, cookie decorating, puppet show, and Santa.

Ticonderoga Area Farmers’ Market-Holiday Market
Dates: Friday, December 1, 5pm – 8pm
Town/Location: Ticonderoga
Description: Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market for a special Holiday Market. Vendors will be set up inside the TACC Office, offering an array of local products, gifts, raffles.

Sparkle Village
Dates: Friday, December 1, 4 – 8pm and Saturday, December 2, 10am – 3pm
Town/Location: Harrietstown Town Hall, Saranac Lake
Description: Now in its 38th year, this annual event showcases unique businesses, distinctive holiday gifts and one-of-a-kind treasures, shoppers can visit one-of-a-kind local makers and vendors.
Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under the age of 12.

Craft Fair at Adirondack Community Church
Dates: Friday, December 8 – Sunday, December 10
Town/Location: Lake Placid
Description: Local craft fair, bake sale

3rd Annual North Pole at Hunter Way Farm
Dates: Saturday, December 9, 12pm – 3pm
Town/Location: Moriah
Description: Farm animals, hot chocolate, elves, photos with Santa, gift shop

Holiday Fair at Oak Mountain
Dates: Saturday, December 9, 1pm – 7pm
Town/Location: Oak Mountain, Speculator
Description: Live music, activities for kids including gingerbread houses, face painting, and an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Shopping from various vendors and the festival of trees.

Holiday Business Events:

My Hope Flower Farm Holiday Open House
Dates: Friday, November 17 – Saturday, November 18, 9am – 6pm
Town/Location: Ticonderoga

Vendor Sale at Tromblee’s Greenhouse
Dates: Saturday, November 18, 10am – 4pm
Town/Location: Crown Point
Description: Discounts, vendor sale

McClelland Family Farm Opening – Christmas at the Farm
Dates: Friday, November 24, 5pm
Town/Location: Tupper Lake – 107 Old Wawbeek Road
Description: The farm is turning into a Christmas wonderland. Trees, boughs, wreaths, Christmas decor, and more will be for sale. Kick off your holiday season with lights and magic at the farm.

Tromblee’s Greenhouse Christmas Open House
Dates: Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 3, 10am – 4pm
Town/Location: Crown Point
Description: Door prizes and discounts, kids crafts

T.F. Finnegans Ladies’ Night | Gentlemans’ Night 
Dates: Thursday, December 7th and Thursday, December 14th, 7pm – 9pm
Town/Location: T.F. Finnegans, 79 Main Street, Saranac Lake
Description: Ladies Night | Gentleman’s Night
Visit during ladies night to enjoy free wine and appetizers while filling out a personalized wish list. Then, send your beau to the subsequent  gentleman’s night on December 14 so they can enjoy beer and snacks while they shop your list.
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Kids’ Shopping Day
Dates: Sunday, December 3, 12pm – 5pm
Town/Location: BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar Street, Saranac Lake
Description: Visit with kids of all ages to shop for fun and inexpensive gifts from the holiday shoppe, stroll through the decorated trees, enjoy the hot chocolate bar and decorate cookies.

Photo at top: Wikimedia Commons photo.

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One Response

  1. What a fantastic initiative to promote local businesses and celebrate the holiday season in the Adirondacks! The variety of events, from holiday strolls to community craft fairs, truly offers a unique and personalized shopping experience. Supporting small businesses not only provides one-of-a-kind gifts but also contributes to the vibrant local communities. Kudos to the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism for fostering a sense of community and encouraging everyone to #ShopADK. 🛍️❄️ #LocalSupport #HolidayShopping #AdirondacksMagic

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