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Small town holidays in the country

By Fritz Mayer
November 24, 2011

REGION — The holiday season in the region will be filled with activities for people of all tastes and ages as communities put their best foot forward and deck themselves with sparkle and holiday cheer. From a traveling Santa to a winter festival, there are lots of opportunities to get swept up into the holiday spirit while not going too far from home. Whether you stay in your town or visit one that’s new to you, sampling the offerings of various communities is sure to bring feelings of warmth as the weather turns cold.

A river hamlet all lit up
NARROWSBURG, NY — A forest of birch branches wrapped in clear lights will transform the holiday streets of Narrowsburg, which will hold a tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 on the Main Street observation deck. There will be caroling led by local musicians Stu Hirsch and Kevin Vertrees, favors for the kids and an appearance by Santa, who will arrive in a fire truck. Refreshments will be offered in the shops. The Tusten Concerned CItzens group will begin its monthly “Sky Dog Supper Club” meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street before going to the town hall to continue their December event.

Honesdale for the Holidays
HONESDALE, NY — The singing of Christmas carols at a tree lighting will be just one of many activities featured in Honesdale for the Holidays on November 25, 26 and 27. Friday will feature Honesdale’s annual Santa Parade, which starts at Main and Fourth streets and steps off at 6 p.m. Afterward, the star on Irving Hill and a Christmas tree in the park will be lighted. On Saturday, a number of craft vendors, including members of The Wayne County Farmers’ Market, will be on Main Street near the pavilion (weather permitting), and old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage rides will be available. On Sunday, tours of historic places such as The Old Stone Jail and The Honesdale Fire Museum will be available. And the many shops in town will be open throughout the weekend, offering special seasonal treats, hours and deals. Visit