The Holiday in the Village celebration returns to Saugerties this Sunday, December 6 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. It’s a kid-focused event with many downtown shops offering children’s activities and specials. The historic Kiersted House will be festively lit and decorated, with a petting zoo outside and one of Saugerties’ many visiting Santas welcoming little ones’ wish lists inside.
There will be free horse-and-wagon hayrides through village streets, roving life-sized cartoon characters and a Holiday Market. But the biggest excitement for youngsters is always the Toy Raffle held three times during the afternoon at the corner of Main and Market Streets, in which hundreds of toys donated by local businesses are won by lucky ticketholders. Last year more than 100 bicycles alone were given away.
The festivities climax with a firetruck parade off to Seamon Park, where the Community Christmas Tree and Menorah are ceremonially lit and “A Visit from St. Nicholas” will be read aloud. For more info, contact the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce at (845) 246-1337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.