Lake Placid Holiday Stroll

As my children grow older I understand that every child feels their parents grew up in the “olden days.” My daughter is confused during a family movie night when an actor plays an album on the turntable. To her a record player is a DJ’s scratch pad. She hears all about keeping things simple and I now realize I have set myself into that cliché. She believes I grew up in it, that simpler time in her mind, where people sang for no reason at all and danced to the orchestra in their head. Now it is my turn to pass along the experience and recreate a simpler time for my own children, to elevate some of the holiday stress and just enjoy being together.

This weekend the village of Lake Placid will turn on its old world charm and celebrate its annual Holiday Stroll. Santa will kick off the event with free skating at the Olympic Oval starting at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, for anyone wishing to complete or (gasp!) start holiday shopping, several venues are available for children to be dropped off giving parents an opportunity to shop alone. From 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Lake Placid Center for the Arts will provide free children’s crafts at High Peaks Resort. Three workstations will be available and geared toward children ages 5-12.

The younger group have the opportunity to make beaded candy canes, wreaths and bracelets while beaded icicles and hand painted nutcrackers will be set up for an older set.

The Golden Arrow is generously providing a free showing of a holiday classic movie on Saturday. The film was narrowed to four choices when I called but the gift is the ability to sign children in and leave them from 3:00 – 4:30 while taking in the downtown Lake Placid store specials.

To round out the traditional (dancing) holiday portion of the program The Nutcracker ballet will have its final two performances at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.)

Santa will be doing double duty on Sunday with breakfast at Dancing Bears and the Mirror Lake Inn. The Dancing Bears breakfast is ala carte and Santa will be available for pictures by the fireplace. The photo op and digital print are complimentary. The Mirror Lake Inn will have a full breakfast buffet while Santa shares time with the small ones. Both events are from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. At 11:00 a.m. the Palace Theatre is hosting a free showing of the movie Elf.

For a full schedule of events, wine tasting and special store promotions. There will even be holiday music playing for those of us that wish to sing for no reason at all!


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