A North Country Christmas

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”

― Bob Hope

Blog by Lily Katherine, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce

Holiday music plays on the radio and joy abounds — everyone can feel it pulsing through the crisp winter air. Happiness is contagious right now and there’s no better place to be than the Adirondack Mountains. We have a full calendar of events to help get visitors and residents alike into the holiday spirit.

Check out this list of activities, all part of the 9th annual Ticonderoga Area North Country Christmas. We invite you and your family to celebrate with us and enjoy the bounty of the season!

Saturday, November 24                                                    

Small Business Saturday, Ticonderoga area

Support local businesses and organizations  on Small Business Saturday where many are offering promotions and specials. Look for #ShopSmall Signs at participating businesses & organizations. Get and complete your Small  Business Saturday Passport for a chance to win prizes. Visit Riley’s Wishes Vendor Fair at the Ticonderoga Fire House from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sunday, November 25 

Bodette’s Outdoor Winter BBQ

Ticonderoga Community Building from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Winter BBQ with hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, and beverages for purchase.

Christmas Craft

Ticonderoga Community Building from 5 - 5:30 p.m. Come to the tree lighting early for a Christmas Craft in the lobby.

Rockin’ Tree Lighting w/ DJ Cruz                                               

Ticonderoga Community Building at 5:30 p.m. Music provided by DJ Cruz! Free refreshments sponsored by Dunkin DonutsFirst 20 people will receive a candy cane and a special gift! All kids in attendance will help count down to the tree lighting.

Holiday Hay Rides

Ticonderoga Community Building from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Enjoy holiday wagon rides following the tree lighting  and continue to listen to holiday music.

Monday, November 26

Farmers Market at the Co-Op

Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op  from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 10% off your local products. Meet the producers. Battenkill eggnog will be in stock and available to taste.

Christmas Creation Make & Take

The Country Florist & Gifts from 4 - 7 p.m. Pick a milk bottle candle, metal holder, and make a simple festive holiday arrangement. Reserve your spot by contacting The Country Florist & Gifts. Cost is $35 per person to make and take home. 

Tuesday, November 27

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Ticonderoga Train Station: 3:10 p.m. 

Port Henry Train Station: 4:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, November 28

Family Holiday Book Reading

Black Watch Library from 6 -7 p.m. Join the Black Watch Library in Ticonderoga for family holiday stories. Families are welcome to attend and children are encouraged to come in their pajamas. 

Thursday, November 29

4th of July In December Chicken BBQ - Best 4th In The North Committee Fundraising Event    

Knights of Columbus Ticonderoga, 5 p.m. until sold out. Join us for a 4th of July BBQ In December. Takeout available. $12 includes 1/2 chicken, potato, coleslaw, roll, and cookie.

Ornament Making at Santa’s Workshop with the Elves

Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe  from 5 - 7 p.m. Family ornament making and painting with local artist Deb Mackey. Bring an apron or art shirt. Refreshments will be served. 

Holiday Trivia Night

Maddens Pub from 7 - 9 p.m. Contact Maddens Pub to sign up your team. Specials and promotions will be offered. 

Friday, November 30

Holiday Shopping and Dining Night – shop and dine local!                        

Participating businesses are open until 8 p.m. Specials and promotions - participating businesses will have a Snowflake displayed. Free raffles coordinated by the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership and Christmas music provided by the Ticonderoga Central School Music Department. Gift wrapping at Sugar & Spice Country Shoppe for a minimum of a $1 donation per package to benefit the Tiny Tim Program. Drop off your packages and you will be notified the following week for pick up.

Holiday Farmers Market

Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce  5 - 8 p.m. Visit the Ti Area Farmers Market for a special Holiday Market. Farmers and vendors will be set up inside the chamber office, offering an array of local products for the holidays. 

Parade of Lights

Ticonderoga business districts and surrounding areas from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy the parade of lights along with holiday music. Businesses, organizations, and community members are encouraged to participate with vehicles, floats, etc. You must register with the Ticonderoga Fire Department by calling Mary at (518) 586-6912 or emailing mcunningham14@nycap.rr.com. All entries must be family friendly. 

Ticonderoga Heritage Museum & Ti Arts Holiday Gift Shoppe                                      

Ticonderoga Arts Gallery from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum will join the Ticonderoga Arts Gallery in Downtown Ticonderoga for a Christmas Shoppe. Adirondack artists are represented in the many gifts such as books, jewelry, pottery, wood products, children’s games, and more. An adorable child size Adirondack  chair, painted  as a box of Crayola crayons will be raffled as part of the weekend. Also open Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2                                           

Holiday Movie Theater Night

Best Western Plus Ticonderoga  at 5 p.m. Wear your pajamas and bring a blanket! Movie to be announced. Pizza, hot chocolate, and soda will be available for purchase. There will be a brief educational presentation prior to the movie. Free popcorn for all! Scarf and hat donations will be accepted for the Elks Program. Proceeds of food sales to benefit the Ticonderoga Festival Guild and Ticonderoga Food Pantry. 

Holiday In Hague                                                                     

Hague, starting at 10 a.m. Christmas tree decorating, parade, tree lighting, christmas party, and more.

Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2

Tromblee’s Greenhouse and Gift Shop Holiday Open House

Tromblee’s Crown Point  from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Refreshments, door prizes, and discounts up to 30% off on everything in the shop. Free picture with Santa on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with Nancy Frasier Photography, face painting and kids crafts from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with Maiden By The Lake.                                          

Sunday, December 2                                                 

Annual SantaFest and photos with Santa                                                                                    

Ticonderoga Community Building from 11a.m – 10 p.m. Music, games, crafts, photos with Santa, and more! In coordination with Silver Bay YMCA, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Glens Falls National Bank, Patrick Ida, CPA, Nancy Frasier Photography, Ticonderoga Central School, Ticonderoga Arts, and Kiwanis. Refreshments sponsored by WalMart.

Festival of Trees Open House and Champagne Reception

Hancock House from 1 - 3 p.m. Over 30 trees, centerpieces, and gingerbread houses will be on display providing a magical holiday atmosphere. Refreshments will be served. 

Mark Your Calendars! Christmas with The Captains - William Shatner and Anson Mount

December 7 and 8 at Star Trek Original Series Set Tour.

I will leave you now with so much more to look forward to. I hope that this holiday season is filled with warmth, happiness, and as always love. May this love carry into 2019 and remember my dear friends whatever you do, do it passionately and with purpose. Cheers!! For more information or an area business directory, be sure to visit www.lakechamplainregion.com.

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