Angola holiday festivities set to begin on Thursday

ANGOLA — Several special events are planned in Angola including a free concert, Christmas tree lighting and carols and Christmas in the Village.

On Thursday 7 at 7 p.m., there will be a free Italian Christmas concert featuring The Formula Band at the New Angola Theater. Concert-goers can donate a boxed or canned food item as their “ticket” to help fill Christmas food baskets.

On Friday, the Angola Park and Gazebo Committee in cooperation with The Friends of the Village and the Lake Shore Association of Christian Churches will host the Annual Christmas Carol Singing which will be held as follows:

6:30 p.m.: Tree Lighting of the Village Christmas Tree at Angola Commons next to the Library.

7 p.m.: Carol singing at the Gazebo in Angola’s Centennial Park.

An instrumental group and vocal students from Lake Shore Senior High School will provide music for the carols. The groups are led by Eric Blodgett and Brittany Nicholas. Song sheets will be provided at the Gazebo.

Following the singing, all are invited to UpDyke Hall in the First Congregational United Church of Christ on North Main Street for free refreshments. In case of very inclement weather, the carol singing of the evening will be held at the Church.

On Saturday, the Friends of the Village will present their Christmas in the Village from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John T. Waugh School on High Street and throughout the Village. The day includes a free hot breakfast for children, fire truck and horse and wagon rides, a bounce house in the school gym, face painting, games, balloons, a basket raffle, a chance to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, various events throughout the Village, a “new” magic show and a special 2:30 free movie at the New Angola Theater. There will be over 30 crafters set up in the auditorium at the school.

All are encouraged to participate in the Christmas activities planned for the Angola community.