Downtown Glens Falls will usher in the holiday season on Nov 30 with its “Hometown Holidays.”
The events will kick off in City Park beginning at 5 p.m. with the ceremonial tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. The Business Improvement District has installed lights in many of the park’s trees.
Santa Claus will greet the crowd and then events will continue throughout the downtown. Children can have their picture taken with Santa and tell him their wish lists at Glens Falls National Bank. Other activities taking place include refreshments and cocoa, live reindeer, musical performances, horse and wagon rides, pony rides, costumed characters and children’s activities, according to a news release.
There will also be a free showing of “The Polar Express” at The Charles R. Wood Theater at 7 p.m., strolling carolers, a game to find the Elf on the Shelf, the Gift Back Alternative Gift Fair and the Colgate 13 Choral Concert at the First Presbyterian Church with admission by donation.
Downtown stores will be open for holiday shopping and there will be a window display competition.
The festivities continue on Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a tour of Glens Falls historic properties including First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, the Chapman Historical Museum, Sherman House, Hyde House and Bell House Inn, according to a news release.
At 2 p.m., there will be a free concert at The Hyde Collection featuring the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra Children's Choir, South Glens Falls' VocalPoint and SUNY Adirondack's MountainAirs. Admission is by donation.
From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., local restaurants and shops will offer a food or drink special, food tastings, or a discount or sale to coincide with Hometown Holidays.
The event is organized by the Glens Falls Collaborative, the Glens Falls Business Improvement District, and the city of Glens Falls. Nancy Turner of The Bell House Inn serves as the chairwoman.
For more information and to see a map of all the holiday attractions, visit www.glensfallscollaborative.com.