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Santa PArade

Anna & Elsa Bring Magic To Tree Lighting Ceremony

CLICK TO HEAR ‘COUNTRY SWEETHEART’

Ice Queen Brings Magic

To City’s Tree Lighting

Oneonta’s Autumn Fox embraces Hill City Ice Queen Elsa, and sister Anna, next to the Christmas Tree in Muller Plaza this evening following the annual Tree Lighting ceremony there. The two led the crowd in songs from Disney’s “Frozen” movies before meeting and posing for pictures with their fans.  Inset, Krystal Poole, 16, a junior at Charlotte Valley High School, sings Christmas carols for the crowd. Poole, nicknamed “The Country Sweetheart,” and is an ambassador for the “Toys for Joy” toy drive, which asks for new toys to be donated as Christmas presents for those in need.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Frigid Temperatures Mark Santa’s Arrival

Frigid Temperatures

Mark Santa’s Arrival

Santa in driven into Oneonta by Jay Chase of Chase-n-Dreams Farm, Oneonta, and his sister horses Molly and Dolly during this evening’s Santa Parade in downtown Oneonta. At right, Andrea Thies, Oneonta, walks her dog Sanabel along the parade route, wishing onlookers Merry Christmas. Temperatures in the upper teens thinned some of the crowd, but didn’t keep hundreds from turning out to welcome St. Nick. After visiting with Santa, families could walk around downtown enjoying cider, cocoa, alpacas and carriage rides as they awaited the Tree Lighting ceremony in Muller Plaza. (Ian Austin, James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Santa Welcome Parade

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

SANTA’S ARRIVAL – 5 p.m. Celebrate Santa’s arrival in Cooperstown to receive gift requests at the winter cottage in Pioneer Park, Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9983 or visit www.wearecooperstown.com

Here Comes Santa Claus!

Here Comes Santa Claus!

Emcee “Big Chuck” D’Imperio, right, stands high above a packed crowd that gathered on Main Street this morning to welcome Santa back to Oneonta with big cheers and happy smiles during the annual Santa Parade. Santa will spend the afternoon in his cottage in Muller Plaza, hearing good boys and girls’ Christmas wishes. And once you’ve seen Santa, you can go down to Foothills to see the Gingerbread Jubilee and join in the cookie fun. At right, Brittany Boyke, Davenport, helps her little penguin – daughter Alexis Merwin – decorate a delicious holiday treat. The fun at Foothills continues until 3 p.m.

SANTA ARRIVES IN COOPERSTOWN

SANTA ARRIVES

IN COOPERSTOWN

“Welcome home to Cooperstown!” declares Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, as – for the first time since her March election – she greets Santa and Mrs. Claus as they arrive at their Pioneer Park cottage in a horse-drawn carriage. The day afternoon Thanksgiving, good boys and girls came from all over the area to welcome the Jolly Old Elf, ushering in the Christmas season. At right, Brynlee Burr, 4, and her mom, Brittany, were decked out in their holiday finest to keep warm and wait for the parade to bring Santa to town. Santa will be in his cottage over the weekend and until Christmas Eve give hear all his young Cooperstown friends related their holiday wishes. (Libby Cudmore, AllOTSEGO.com)

Oh What Fun It Is To Ride!

Oh What Fun It Is To Ride!

Greg Hall, left, gets in some sleigh-driving practice with his horses Monty and Andy ahead of tonight’s Santa Parade in downtown Cooperstown. With him are Reilly and Finbar Doyle, center, and Carolyn Roth. At 5 p.m., Hall will drive Santa and Mrs. Claus to their cozy Pioneer Park cabin, but until then, he’s giving free sleigh rides from the Otesaga every half hour. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 3

Lighting The Christmas Tree

14-19eventspage Give the gift of Christmas to children in need. To participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program CLICK HERE!

TREE LIGHTING – 1:30 p.m. Catskill Area Hospice lights a tree to remember our family, friends, loved ones who have passed. Donate to place a heart shaped ornament with a loved ones name. Front Lawn, Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-432-6773 or visit www.facebook.com/Catskill-Area-Hospice-Palliative-Care-85107712366/

HOLIDAY MARKET – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Holiday exhibition open house featuring local artists. Perfect place to find that perfect gift. Choose from arts in everything from oil to acrylic, pencil, pastel, photography, collage, more. All welcome. Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. Call 607-264-9530 or visit www.facebook.com/cherrybranchgallery/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 19

Santa Parade Today

In Downtown Oneonta

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

ONEONTA SANTA PARADE – 11 a.m., Main Street, Oneonta. For more info visit the FACEBOOK page.

CRAFT SHOW – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fox Care Center, 1 Foxcare Dr, Oneonta

GINGERBREAD CONTEST – Noon-3 p.m. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. signedevents.com/united-states/oneonta/gingerbread-contest/ , (607)432-2941

PAINTING CONTEST – 10 a.m. 3rd annual winter windowland painting contest. Enter, vote, or spectate. Main St., Richfield Springs, Info, www.richfieldspringschamber.org/

WORKSHOP – 9 a.m.-noon Learn to Sew a decorator style pillow with $5 fee. Cooperative Extension Center-Schoharie, 173 South Grand St., Suite 1, Cobleskill. Info, registrations, (518) 234-4303, ext. 121, cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2016/11/19/4-h-sewing-workshop

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