Santa’s coming to town

The kick-off for Home for the Holidays in Saranac Lake will start at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Berkeley Square and the Sparkle Village Craft show at the Harrietstown Hall. Then the annual tree lighting is planned for 5 p.m. with Holiday Sing-a-Long led by the Saranac Lake High School choral group.

Get up early on Saturday to have a breakfast date with Santa at the Saranac Lake Adult Center. Santa will be there from 8 a.m. to noon, so be there before he gets pancake syrup in his beard. If you missed him on Saturday, you can catch him at 6 p.m Friday, Dec. 13, when he will be traveling along Broadway and Main Street as he makes his way to the Harrietstown Town Hall to meet all the children. Special thanks go out to Dan Reilly of HomEnergy for arranging this exciting event, having Santa come and meet all the children each year.

Don’t forget to get involved in the snowman building contest from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, which will be judged by the Saranac Lake Youth Group. According to the weather predictions, we will have enough snow to make some creative snowmen.

Tupper Lake will have its annual Holiday Tree Lighting event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The Snow Ball gala will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 14, with food, drink, music and lots of cheer.

Then for those who love music, the Tupper Lake-based High Peaks Opera will host an annual Tri-Lakes tradition: Handel’s “Messiah” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Holy Name Church. The region’s best classical music performers will have the audience join in and sing the choruses. What a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

Lake Placid also has a lot in the way of winter fun with the sixth annual Holiday Village Stroll going on from Friday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 8. A great selection of weekend events with craft and ornament making, a skating party, wine and restaurant tasting, scavenger hunt, Jingle Bell Run, matinee of the “The Polar Express,” sponsored by High Peaks Dental and other events. and other events. Best of all, bring the family down to Mid’s Park where Santa is coming for the tree lighting with a performance by Lake Placid School Chorus at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

This holiday season, don’t sit home alone with your Charlie Brown tree, get involved in all these fun events that you can enjoy for free. It’s all about the spirit of the holidays and the great sense of community we have in our region to share with our friends and neighbors.

Mark your calendar for all the holiday fun that will be happening this month. For more details, check out our calendar in the newspaper or online at or go to, and