Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

November 22, 2012

NEW TRADITIONS

Staff reports
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Dedication of the first-ever Winter Wonderland Project will be at 6 p.m. Friday on Market Street.

Winter Wonderland is a display of holiday lights along a 1.2-mile stretch of Market Street between Exchange Street and Widewaters marina. Food/drink, craft and local retail vendors, and community groups, are “staffing” booths amid the lights and holiday musicians are invited to contribute Christmas music to the scene.

After a “soft” opening last weekend, the project is getting into full swing this week. The lights were on Wednesday and will be on again tonight, from 4 to 10 p.m.

On Friday night, a Christmas tree will be lit and municipal backers will be invited to say a few words about the project. Also, a guitar raffle will be held, to raise money for project costs. ELK Guitars is donating a custom wooden guitar, made from local wood, with a retail value of $1,000. Raffle tickets cost $20.

Organizer Pete Robinson said four booths are still available for one-day, weekend or seasonal occupation by small businesses and community groups. He especially invited Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and civic organizations to sign up for one.

Vendors that have already signed on for booths include Tom’s Diner, K.M. Treats, Just Lookin’ antiques, Kiah and Brocius crafts, K&K Supplies, ELK Guitars, various service agencies and the Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive, where donations of peanut butter, jelly and Fluff will be taken.

Winter Wonderland will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 1.

For information about upcoming special events and contests, visit thewinterwonderlandproject.com.

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The first-ever Christmas on the Canal celebration will be held Saturday on and around Main Street and Sunday in Day Road Park.

The celebration highlight is a lighted Christmas parade Saturday night, from Ida Fritz Park to Charles Street. The parade will begin at 6 p.m.

Christmas caroling and a free showing of The Polar Express will be held afterward at the Historic Palace Theatre.

Earlier Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., an authors and book fair will be held at Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St. Three children’s books will be presented between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: It Must Be True, I Heard It At The Zoo; Jake Grape’s Cool Yule Coloring and Activity Book; and There’s a Whale in the Canal. Coloring activities will be offered for children while parents browse the fair.

On Sunday, the celebration moves to Day Road Park, where Santa Claus will arrive at his Christmas Cottage around noon. Until 3 p.m., horse-drawn carriage rides and other activities will be offered, and hot chocolate and treats will be served.

Parade entries are being accepted through Friday. For information, visit christmasonthecanal.com or call 609-0433.