Small town holidays in the country
‘Christmas in the Village’
BETHANY, PA — The James Manning House, along with other historic buildings in Bethany, will be all decked out for Christmas as part of the village’s “Christmas in the Village” celebration, slated for Saturday, December 3 starting at 2 p.m.. Events will include a children’s Christmas party in the library—at which Santa will be a guest—a live wreath sale, open houses at the Manning and Kellogg houses and the Mansion at Noble Lane, carol sings, art displays and horse-drawn hayrides. Also part of the celebration will be the traditional Living Nativity at the Presbyterian Church from 4:30 to 6:30.
HAWLEY, PA — The Teeters Furniture Building, pictured at right, sparkled during the festivities in 2009. The Hawley Winterfest this year is set for December 9 through 11, with 2011 marking the 13th anniversary of the event. There will be tasty holiday fare, music for the season, a children’s show at the community theatre, a chance to mingle with artists and authors, ice carving, gingerbread decorating, the Winterfest Express Stourbridge Line train ride from neighboring Honesdale, a spin in a horse-drawn carriage, homes boasting decked halls on the holiday house tours and more. Visit www.hawleywinterfest.com.
Holiday parade in Jeff
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville will kick off the holidays with its 17th annual James Dworetsky Holiday Parade on Friday, November 25. Lineup will be at 6 p.m., with the parade stepping of at 7 p.m. at the Sullivan West school campus. Following the parade, enjoy a visit with Santa and his helpers inside the firehouse.
Santa Express in Eldred, Bethel, Liberty
ELDRED, NY — The Santa Express, which has been traveling the roads of southwestern Sullivan County since 2005, will be bigger than ever this year, and traveling a lot farther as well. This year on December 10, a 50-foot sleigh will travel to Eldred, Glen Spey, Barryville, Yulan and Narrowsburg. But unlike previous years, there is a second trip scheduled for December 17, when it will go to Bethel and Liberty. The sleigh brings 11 characters from the North Pole, and provides music, live performances, dancing, lights and presents for the children and, of course, a visit with Santa. Visit www.facebook.com/santaexpress.