Santa - it's not just about sleighs anymore...some cool December events

ABOVE: The Essex Inn, decked out in full holiday decor.

North Country Christmas week

Ticonderoga throws open its doors during the 5th Annual North Country Christmas Celebration, this year from November 29 - December 7. With a heck of a host of events every single night during the week, you’ll want to get a room in Ticonderoga for a couple of days, or the whole week. A sampling of the North Country Christmas events are: 

  • Annual Tree Lighting
  • Festival of Trees Open House at Ticonderoga Historical Society
  • 4th of July in December Chicken BBQ
  • Holiday Shopping & Dining Night (with loads of store specials and giveaways)
  • Fort Ticonderoga’s “The Noble Train Begins” living history event
  • TACC Annual SantaFest
  • Champlain Valley Chorale Holiday Concert

There’s much more in store for you during this festive weeklong event, so check out our calendar and make some plans. 

Join the holiday crowd on Thursday, December 4th as they Sample Our Holiday Pairings with Ticonderoga Arts & Libby’s Bakery Cafe. The Downtown Gallery will host this tasting with appetizers, sweets, local artists and music all to go along with a selection of cocktails.  Check out some of our great local cultural talent and perhaps find some holiday gifts.

The entire week will be a great time to be in Ticonderoga. Check out our lodging page for some good lodging options.

Christmas in Essex | And Santa on a ferry!

Christmas comes alive in Essex during their annual Magic of Christmas event on December 13. Join in as Essex throws on the holiday lights and exudes good cheer. Santa & Mrs. Claus even arrive in Essex via the Lake Champlain Ferry! They'll feed you at a free pancake breakfast at the Essex Fire Department, and entertain you with a Steven Kellog reading at the library, along with lots more. Stroll around the shops of Essex and enjoy a Christmas art show, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the lighting of the town tree and traditional Christmas caroling.  Sounds like I’m gonna make it there that day - how about you? See you there!

The Lake Champlain Region is always festive during the holidays, with some cool shopping alternatives as well. Check out our shopping pages and full events calendar and spend a day or two with us this year. Happy holidays!

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