Lakewood announces Christmas in the Village

LAKEWOOD — The Village of Lakewood is excited to host Christmas in the Village on Saturday, Dec. 10 from noon to 8 p.m.

This festive community event for the entire family will include holiday shopping with craft and gift vendors, local business sidewalk sales and restaurant food and drink specials all along Chautauqua Avenue and other areas in Lakewood.

Merchant coupon books with special offers will be available to all shoppers throughout the day. These books will include a map of all vendor locations as well as a village basket raffle game.

Several restaurants with plate specials, village businesses and a variety of festive gift vendors will be open between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. A list of merchants and vendors was announced at the end of November.

A live reindeer will make an appearance from noon to 3:30 p.m., and the village invites everyone to enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Lakewood Museum, located beneath the village hall, will be open for exhibits and treats between noon and 3 p.m. Children and families can also enjoy a Christmas storytime and take part in a holiday activity at the Lakewood Memorial Library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive with their elves at 5 p.m. and will be available for children visits and photographs by parents until 8 p.m. During that time, Christmas carolers will also fill the streets with song. The day will end with a double tree lighting at 7:30 p.m. in Recognition Park and 7:45 p.m. at Richard O. Hartley Park.

There will also be a holiday pie and cookie baking contest during the event.  Anyone interested in participating in this no-cost contest is asked to fill out a registration form at the village hall.  All baked entries must be dropped off by 4 p.m. for judging the day of the event.   Entries will be judged on both taste and presentation.  Ribbons will be awarded to the top three winners in each category.

“We wanted to bring a nostalgic, old-fashioned spirit of the holiday season to the village of Lakewood for the area residents,” Mayor Cara Birrittieri said. “Our Events and Marketing Committee are working hard to put together an event full of family and friends, fun and Christmas cheer.”

Interested vendors/merchants or questions about Christmas in the Village should be directed to the village of Lakewood office at 763-8557 or on Facebook at Village of Lakewood, NY.

The Village of Lakewood Events and Marketing Committee is also looking for event volunteers to assist with activities throughout the day.

If interested, contact Scott Mekus at smekus@eventzbyscott.com or Brooke Wagner at brookeraejohnson@gmail.com.


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