Glens Falls' annual Hometown Holidays got underway Friday evening with a tree-lighting in City Park. Stores were open for holiday shoppers, with costumed characters nearby. Santa Claus and carolers added to the scene, as did reindeer, trolley bus rides, musical performances, horse and wagon rides and children’s activities. New this year is a window display competition among downtown businesses. On Saturday, events continue. From 5 to 7 p.m., downtown businesses will be offering a Hometown Holidays special, which is either a discount or a food and drink special. Also on Saturday, there will be a holiday concert at 2 p.m. at The Hyde Collection on Warren Street, with performances by the Glens Falls Symphony Children’s Choir, SUNY Adirondack Mountainairs and South Glens Falls Vocal Point. A donation is appreciated for admission. Hometown Holidays will also feature a tour of five historic properties in Glens Falls. A $20 per person admission will gain access to all five properties on the tour. Show up between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at any of the locations, and a trolley bus will be available on the tour route. The properties include First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, Chapman House Museum, Sherman House, Hyde House and Bell House Inn.

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