AuSABLE FORKS — Santa and Mrs. Claus will kick off the season here during the Christmas in the Forks celebration Saturday.
They will visit with children at the Town of Jay Community Center at 7 p.m., but there's much more happening throughout the day.
At 1 p.m., there's an Advent workshop at the United Methodist Church with cookies and crafts, followed by Story Hour with Mrs. Claus at AuSable Forks Free Library from 2:30 to 3 p.m.
At 4 and 7 p.m., there's a free holiday movie with popcorn and candy canes for kids at the Hollywood theater. And local musicians are invited to entertain with songs of the season from 4 to 6 p.m. at an event dubbed The Christmas Story in Song (and open house) at St. James Episcopal Church.
Just before the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at Town of Black Brook Clock Park, the crowd will celebrate with community Christmas caroling.
The tree, donated by Flowering Meadows Nursery, and park are decorated with handmade wooden ornaments "anonymously donated by community elves," a press release said.
"This year, with a smaller tree and limited lighting due to the loss of the original lights and ornaments, this celebration will touch the hearts of the whole community with what the holiday season is really all about," said Christmas Tree Committee Chair Helen Wirt-Kennedy, "spending time with family, friends and loved ones."
And on Sunday, the AuSable Forks Fire Department will serve Big Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m.