Holiday Village Stroll returns Friday
LAKE PLACID — The annual Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll will return this weekend with festive treats, parties, concerts and markets for every member of the family.
The celebration kicks off with a wine tasting at Terry Robards Wines and Spirits at 2047 Saranac Ave. from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday. Julie “Jingles” Robards will also sign copies of her Christmas children’s book, “The Reindeer Games,” at the wine tasting starting at 4 p.m.
From 5 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a family skating party at the Olympic Center’s 1932 Jack Shea Arena. Skate rentals will be available for those who do not have their own equipment, and Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance on the rink.
Generations Grill on Main Street will host live music by Scott Sileo from 6 to 9 p.m. Further down the shore of Mirror Lake, The Cottage at Mirror Lake Inn will host an ugly sweater party from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Adirondack Health Jingle Bell Run around Mirror Lake will start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lake Placid Beach House. Registration will be between 7 and 8 a.m. inside the beach house. Entrants can register online through Dec. 9 at https://tinyurl.com/5n7ktjr6 for $20 or sign up on race day for $25. Kids 12 years old and younger can participate for free and do not need to preregister. All of the proceeds benefit the Adirondack Health Fit for Life Program and Essex County Women, Infants and Children families. Participants are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy on race day to benefit Essex County WIC families and to wear holiday costumes for the chance to win a prize.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adirondack Community Church on Main Street, there will be a holiday craft and vendor fair featuring local craftspeople and artisans. Further down Main Street, at the Lake Placid Public Library, there will be free holiday crafts and board games available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At 11 a.m. at St. Eustace Church, Julie “Jingles” Robards will read her Christmas children’s book, “The Reindeer Games,” and host a holiday singalong. Santa and his elves will arrive at Mid’s Park via firetruck at noon and stick around until 1:30 p.m. to take photos and read children’s Christmas letters. There will also be free hot chocolate available, as well as ornaments and hats for sale.
St. Agnes Church will host a craft party from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
From 2 to 5 p.m., the annual Maker’s Market — which benefits the North Elba Christmas Fund — will be at the Alpine Mall on Main Street. The market is a farmer’s market-style fair with local vendors. The Boat Tasting Room will host a free wine tasting, courtesy of Coyote Moon Winery, from 2 to 5 p.m., while The Lake House at High Peaks Resort will have live music by Double Axel from 5 to 8 p.m.
At 4 p.m., tree-lighting festivities at Mid’s Park will begin with a performance by the Dartmouth Decibelles, Dartmouth College’s oldest historically female a cappella group. The park’s Christmas tree will be lit up for the season at 5 p.m. The Decibelles will then move over to the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery on Main Street for another performance at 7 p.m.
At Whiteface Mountain, anybody dressed as Santa — that is, in a full Santa suit — will be allowed to ski for free on Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. Any Santa skiers can pick up their free lift ticket at the Whiteface ticket window and are asked to meet at the top of the Cloudsplitter Gondola at 10 a.m. for a group photo.
The Palace Theater will offer a free screening of “The Polar Express” at 11 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear holiday pajamas, and the first 200 children aged 12 and younger will receive a special gift for the screening.
Across town, the Decibelles will take the stage once again at 11:30 a.m. for brunch at the Big Slide Brewery and Public House on Cascade Road.
At 4 p.m., the Chris Kringle Caravan — formerly known as the Santa Firetruck Parade — will start at the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department and make its way through town. Locals are asked to decorate their vehicles and join the lineup to welcome Santa to Lake Placid. The parade will last for about 45 minutes.