Nov 17 Kick Off The Holiday Season With These Annual Country Events
Sleigh bells are ringing – are you listening? The holidays are coming up and one of the best places to experience the magic of the season is in Washington County. Communities throughout the region host a number of wonderful annual events and celebrations that will get you into the holiday spirit!
Recognized as the area’s unofficial kickoff to the holiday season, the Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade in historic downtown Greenwich is a magical event beloved by people of all ages. The Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce will host the 2021 parade on November 20, with activities beginning at 2 PM and the parade at 6 PM. Stand on the side of the road and watch as over 70 tractors decorated with thousands of twinkling and colorful lights travel through Greenwich in celebration of the season. Approximately 5,000 spectators come to see the parade every year and enjoy food, treats, and festivities.
Tractors will line up and take off from the Greenwich Central School parking lot, with judging at the grandstand, located at the corner of Main Street and Hill Street near the traffic light. Afternoon activities include free horse-drawn wagon rides around the village from 2 to 5, holiday music at Mowry Park, and lots of opportunities to start the holiday shopping season. Greenwich shops and eateries will be open throughout the village, as well as a variety of food trucks.
Visitors are encouraged to come early before road closures take place at 5:00 pm. Carpooling is encouraged and patience is requested when leaving the village.
Holiday Shopping Spots: If you’re hunting for unique holiday decor, then Greenwich is the place to be during your next shopping spree. Explore distinctive gifts and collectibles at Country Peddler Shoppes, Ruby’s Marketplace, and Wicked Wicks Creations.
Take the family for a drive through a lighted winter wonderland at the Washington County Fairground! The mile-long light show features brilliant lights and dazzling animated displays set to the music of the holidays.
Buckle up and explore the displays in the comfort of your own car. Pile in the kids, neighbors, family, and friends for this can’t-miss event. You can even pre-order treats from local businesses for pickup at the snack bar.
On Small Business Saturday, November 27, 2021, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Christmas Parade on Main Street. Attend the popular parade with your family and then stop by the Gazebo on Main Street so the kids can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for a photo. Arrive early and join the Elf On The Shelf Scavenger Hunt between 10 AM and 12:30 PM.
Holiday Shopping Spots: Since the parade coincides with Small Business Saturday, stop into a few of the town’s local shops and restaurants and make a day of it!
Head to Hudson Falls on December 3, 2021 for the Hudson Falls Hometown Holiday Celebration parade with Santa Claus! Take in the decorations at Juckett Park and start your holiday shopping at one of the village’s great shops.
Holiday Shopping Spots: There are a variety of stores worth checking out in Hudson Falls. Find instruments and gear for music lovers at Adirondack Guitar and an awesome selection of specialty gifts from local artists or artisans at the McKernon Gallery.
Christmas in the Country is a special open house weekend in Washington County when farms and artists’ studios welcome the public to browse their handcrafted products. This year’s self-guided tour will run from December 3-6, 2021, and feature 15 participants in the Fort Ann – Hudson Falls area. Get out for a drive and “follow the Christmas Tree signs” to find unique gifts for everyone on your list.
You can visit the locations in any order during the open house hours. Some places will have music and refreshments, and all of them will have great holiday gifts for sale, ranging from jams and dip mixes to ornaments, home decor, folk art, mittens, and jewelry.
The Town of Granville knows how to celebrate the holiday season! The 2021 Lighted Tractor Parade will spread holiday cheer on December 10th, starting at 6 PM. Dozens of decorated tractors, trucks, and vehicles will light up the night as the parade travels from Telescope Casual Furniture on Church Street to Main Street, Quaker Street, and then to North Street.
Holiday Shopping Spots: It’s not all about the events in Granville this time of year. You can also do a little shopping while you’re there! Purchase the finest yarns and patterns at the Village Yarn Shop and look for hidden treasures and collectibles at Shaw’s Antiques and Collectables.