Come on down to local holiday events

Boost your spirits today and in the days to come by turning out for local Christmas events.

Tonight’s the night for Santa’s Lighted Fire Truck Parade in Saranac Lake. Fire trucks from various departments around the region are expected to take part. The parade starts at 6 p.m. on upper Broadway and proceeds through downtown to the Harrietstown Town Hall at 39 Main St. Santa Claus will ride in one of the trucks and then go inside the town hall, where kids will line up to sit on his lap and tell him what they want for Christmas.

In Lake Placid, the Holiday Village Stroll starts this evening and lasts all weekend, through Sunday. Stores throughout the village will have special incentives for shoppers, but the Stroll adds fun events. Tonight, for instance, there’s a free Skating Party with Santa from 5 to 7 p.m. at the 1932 Arena of the Olympic Center, with rentals available for those who don’t bring their own skates. An Ugly Sweater Party at The Cottage Cafe will start at 6, including live music there as well as at the Mirror Lake Inn’s Taste Bistro and the Hotel North Woods’ Delta Blue.

And that’s just tonight. On Saturday and Sunday the Stroll includes the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, Breakfast with Santa, Holiday Story Time, Santa arriving on a fire truck at Mid’s Park, the traditional Yule Log Hunt, a tree lighting and choral performance, free lift tickets to skiers who dress as Santa at Whiteface Mountain, a free screening of “The Polar Express” at the Palace Theatre, local children’s Holiday Skating Show, food and beer tastings, holiday crafts and, each night, plenty of live music at local restaurants and bars. For a detailed schedule, see www.holidayvillagestroll.com.

In Tupper Lake, the Tupper Arts Center at 106 Park St. is hosting a free Holiday Dance Party at 3 p.m. Sunday, including performances by Dance Sanctuary students, Santa and refreshments. Next Saturday, Dec. 15, Tupper Arts will host a free Holiday Caroling and Sing-along event at 3:30 p.m., with music from community members, music students and High Peaks Opera’s Liz and George Cordes — and, of course, Santa.

Some of these are new or recent traditions; some are old and ingrained. All are festive and shared with the community. Come on downtown and join in.

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