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December 2, 2013

Newfane to light up this weekend

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Santa Claus is coming to Newfane this weekend.

The annual Holiday Light Up and Parade will begin 5:30 pm on Friday with the parade, which will culminate with Santa's arrival on Main Street in a horse-drawn wagon.

Santa will light the Christmas tree in the Main Street gazebo and welcome kids for a visit afterward. Free cookies, hot cocoa, and cider will be available.

New for this year's festivities will be vendors in the Town Hall, as well as children's activities, according to Tammy Dodge, the event organizer. Carriage rides will be available throughout the evening.

Local churches will host special events for the celebration. From 4-8 p.m. Newfane United Methodist Church will host its 8th Annual Candy Cane Craft Show, featuring unique items from a variety of craftsmen and homemade food, as well as a bake sale. First Baptist Church on East Avenue will hold a basket auction from 5-7 p.m., with all profits going to purchase Christmas toys for area children. Grace Bible Church on West Avenue will have this season's first rendition of the Living Nativity Friday from 5:30-6:30. The event, which will also be held Sunday, Dec. 13, and 15, includes a 30-minute walk through the nativity story. A shuttle bus will take spectators from Town Hall to the church.

The Shoppe on Main will be hosting two local authors; Dick Lang, a former environmental conservation officer and writer of “Behind the Badge: My Life as a Game Warden,” and Gerry Stafford, author of “Young Canaller,” a children's historical fiction novel.

Light Up Newfane is sponsored by the Newfane Business Association, First Niagara, Budwey's, and Newfane Lions Club.

“Everything is free,” Dodge said of the event. “It's a nice family event to start the holiday season.”