MEREDITH — The Christmas season is getting underway with many events around the Lakes Region.
In Meredith, horse-drawn carriage rides and a Village tree lighting will highlight "Christmas in the Village" events planned on Sunday, Dec. 6. Main Street will glow with luminarias placed along the sidewalks, and the Greater Meredith Program in partnership with the Mill Falls Marketplace will offer horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides through the village from 1 to 5 p.m.
There will be an open house sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department at the Community Center from 2 to 4 p.m., and at 4:30 p.m. the Kinder Choir will be singing holiday carols preceding the tree lighting at Community Park on Main Street.
Live music and finger foods will be offered during a special sparkling wine tasting at Hermit Woods from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street and Santa will arrive at Hesky Park aboard one of the town's big fire trucks shortly after 5 p.m. for a tree-lighting ceremony at the town docks.
Plymouth's Hometown Holiday celebration and parade is coming up on Saturday, Dec. 5, starting with a special showing of the classic film "Home Alone" from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Flying Monkey. Proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots in conjunction with Plymouth Operation Santa Claus and Plymouth Rotary.
On Main Street, people can enjoy a Christmas music sing-along with Tim Keefe, decorate cookies with the elves on the common, soak in some Christmas atmosphere and enjoy free hot chocolate at the banks on Main Street.
The parade starts promptly at 5 p.m. Saturday.
On Sunday, youngsters can skate for free with Santa at the Plymouth State University ice arena from 1 to 3 p.m. In the upstairs Welcome Center of the ice arena, catch a half-hour performance of "A Nutcracker Sampler." This special performance by the Ninth State Dance Studio youths is a light-hearted show created especially for little ones to introduce them to the delights of "The Nutcracker." Show times are 1:15 and 2:30 p.m. This event is free, but you must have a ticket. Get printable tickets at www.theninthstate.com.
In Belmont, a holiday celebration will be held on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Belmont Middle School gym on School St. so that everyone stays warm no matter the December weather.
There will be Christmas favorites by the Rockin' Daddios, followed by the Belmont High School Concert Band. As they perform on the stage, children will be entertained with various craft and coloring tables set up around the room.
Santa will make an appearance later in the program. Participants can bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to the Belmont Police Department's Santa's Little Helpers.
In Gilford a Holiday Craft Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gilford Middle and High School with over 130 craftspeople taking part. Proceeds will benefit the Gilford High School yearbook and the 2016 class trip.
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