---- — TICONDEROGA — Several community organizations have come together in Ticonderoga to create a week of holiday events for children and adults heading toward Christmas.
The celebration starts today and continues until Dec. 9, including the lighting of the community Christmas tree and live singing and music.
Here is the schedule of events:
Museum and Arts Co-Op Holiday Gift Shop: Hancock House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with participation by Ticonderoga Historical Society, Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, Ticonderoga Arts and Fort Ticonderoga gift shops. Carillion Garden Club wreaths and Ticonderoga Festival Guild 12 Night raffle tickets will be available.
Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony: Ticonderoga Community Building at 5:30 p.m. Live holiday music by Joe McGinness will accompany ceremony. Complimentary refreshments sponsored by Silver Bay YMCA will be available inside. First 20 people will receive a candy cane and special gift.
Holiday ray Rides. Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, 6 to 8 p.m., sponsored by Ticonderoga Youth Commission.
“The Snow Tree” and decorating: All ‘Bout Critters store, 6 to 7 p.m. Join All ‘Bout Critters for the reading of “The Snow Tree” and decorate a snow tree with Nancy and the animals. Bring blankets and non-perishable food donations for local animal shelters.
Meet Woodland Animals and Create A Pine Cone Bird Feeder: All ‘Bout Critters shop, 4 to 5 p.m., family event. $3 per person.
Family Holiday Book Reading: Black Watch Library, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families are welcome to attend, and children are encouraged to come in pajamas. Snacks will be provided to go following story time. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Letters To Santa and Wish List Night: Sugar and Spice Country Shoppe, 5 to 7 p.m. Children can make a wish list and write a letter to Santa, which will be mailed out. Wish lists will be copied and available at the shop for parents. Parents will receive a 25 percent off coupon for one item from child’s wish list. Refreshments will be served. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Create Your Own Holiday Arrangement: The Country Florist, 4 p.m., demonstration of how to create a holiday arrangement and centerpiece.
Fourth of July In December: Chicken barbecue at Knights of Columbus in Ticonderoga, starting at 5 p.m. $10 for adults and $8 youths 10 and under.
Shopping and Dining Night. Participating businesses are open until 9 p.m., offering specials and promotions. Participating businesses will have a snowflake displayed or contact the Chamber of Commerce. The chamber office will be open until 9 p.m., serving complimentary refreshments sponsored by Stewart’s Shops.
Holiday Gift Wrapping: Chamber office from 5 to 9 p.m., provided By Silver Bay YMCA Leaders Club. Donations accepted.
Live Christmas Music: Throughout town, provided by Ticonderoga Central School Music departments.
Holiday Crafts and Animal Antics: Drop off kids at All ‘Bout Critters from 5 to 9 p.m., $5 per hour per child.
Jacket and Coat Swap with Santa: The Downtown Gallery, 4 to 7 p.m. Bring in any item of clothing no longer used or that doesn’t fit and swap it for a new one at no cost.
SATURDAY, DEC. 8
Holiday Movie Theater Night: Best Western, Ticonderoga, 5 p.m. Champlain Room, in coordination with Ticonderoga Festival Guild. Wear pajamas and bring a blanket. Movie will be projected onto a large screen. Pizza, hot chocolate and soda available. Free Christmas classic movie and popcorn. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Jacket and Coat Swap with Santa: Downtown Gallery, noon to 3 p.m., sponsored by Ti Alliance. Bring in any item of clothing no longer used or that doesn’t fit and swap it for a new one at no cost.
SUNDAY, DEC. 9
Chamber Annual Santa Fest: Ticonderoga Community Building, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Free music, games, crafts, face painting, photos with Santa, in coordination with Silver Bay YMCA Leaders Club, All ‘Bout Critters, Glens Falls National Bank, Jayna Andersen Photography and Penelope the Clown. Complimentary refreshments sponsored by Wal-Mart, North Country Community College and McDonald’s. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Festival of Trees Open House: Hancock House, 1 to 3 p.m.
Champlain Valley Chorale Holiday Concert: Ticonderoga Methodist Church at 3 p.m.