LAKE PLACID – Several events are planned in the Olympic region to put residents and visitors in the holiday mood in December, a year after enduring the first Christmas season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It all starts with the annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Agnes School from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 – held outdoors for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 crisis. There will be a bake sale; toy table; gingerbread house contest; silent auction; craft vendors; sale of trees, wreaths and poinsettias; and a visit from Santa Claus.
It will be a “European-style outdoor” craft fair in the school parking lot. To keep visitors warm, there will be a fire pit and free hot chocolate.
The gingerbread house contest – open to the public – will be a highlight for the second year. The houses will be displayed outside during the Christmas bazaar. Submissions can be dropped off at the school at 2322 Saranac Ave. After hours submissions may be placed in the unlocked portion of the school foyer.
Entries will be posted on the St. Agnes Facebook page at 10 a.m. on December 4, and the winners will be determined by the number of “love” received before 1:30 pm Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: under 18 best theme; under 18 the most creative of materials; popular vote under 18; more than 18 popular votes; and honorable mention.
Holiday Village Walk
The Lake Placid Vacation Village Walk runs from Friday, December 10 through Sunday, December 12, starting with a family skating party from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the newly renovated 1932 Olympic Center Ice Rink in the arena. Jack Shea. Skate rentals will be available on site and Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance. And the Ugly Sweater Party will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that night at The Cottage Restaurant.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Adirondack Health will be hosting the annual 2.5-mile Jingle Bell Run / Walk around Mirror Lake in person, after being a virtual event last year due to the pandemic. Online registration via active.com will be accepted prior to the event for $ 20. Same-day registration, at a cost of $ 25, will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. inside the Beach House on Parkside Drive. Children 12 and under are free and do not need to register in advance. Everyone is encouraged to bring a new / unwrapped toy on race day to benefit the Essex Couny WIC families and wear holiday costumes. Pets are not accepted.
Also on Saturdays, a TikTok dance class starts at 10 a.m. at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr .; the Grinch will be at the Little Blue House, 2501 Main Street, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story time will begin at 11 am at St. Eustace’s Episcopal Church, 2450 Main Street; Santa will be at Mid’s Park at noon; a Maker’s Market for the benefit of the North Elba Community Christmas Fund will open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Alpine shopping center on Main Street; and the tree-lighting celebration at Mid’s Park will begin at 5:00 PM. Later in the evening, Double Axel will perform at The Lake House from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM; and the âLive music and adrenaline-pumping tap dancingâ Rhythmic Circus will perform the Holiday Shuffle at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Sunday, “Polar Express” The film will be screened at 11 a.m. at the Palace Theater. And for the second year in a row, Santa’s fire engine parade around the village – instead of just on Main Street – begins at 4 p.m. It will take approximately 90 minutes to visit all of the neighborhoods in the community.
A scavenger hunt will take place throughout the weekend for three age groups: 13 and under; 14 to 20; and 21 years and over. Forms are available at hotels, the Lake Placid Visitor Center or on the Holiday Village Stroll website. There will be a drop box at Mid’s Park for completed forms, or they can be delivered to the Visitor Center.
Plus, take-home craft kits for families are available at local hotels or at the visitor center throughout the weekend.
For more information on the Lake Placid Holiday Village Boardwalk, visit www.holidayvillagestroll.com.
The City of Wilmington hosts the 14th Annual Community Christmas Celebration on Friday December 10th. It will include a Santa Claus gift parade where Santa Claus and a number of “elves” in cars and trucks, deliver toys to city children. Anyone wishing to decorate a vehicle and be part of the parade should call the supervisor’s office at 518-946-7179. The parade concludes at Preston Festival Field on Springfield Road, and it’s where a fireworks display will be set off shortly after 7pm.
Wilmington’s Christmas celebration with fireworks has traditionally been held at Santa’s Workshop theme park, but it was changed to a Santa Claus gift parade and fireworks at Preston Festival Field last year. .
“With COVID, we changed it and kept it in the village”, City supervisor Roy Holzer said on Tuesday, November 23.
The town has been in the Christmas business since the opening of Santa’s Workshop in 1949, and the community is already decorated for the holiday season.
“We have certainly rolled out the red carpet”, said Holzer. âThe city is all dressed up.
The fireworks display is free and open to the public. There will be hot chocolate and Christmas music on the festival grounds during the event.