Canton's 'Holiday of Lights' tradition continues Friday with Santa, Frosty, tree lighting
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 8:53 am

CANTON -- The annual Holiday of Lights tradition will continue this year, despite downtown construction. The 28th annual holiday event will feature Santa, Frosty, caroling, tree lighting and horse drawn wagon rides.

The tree lighting and holiday celebration is planned for Friday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. on the village green.

The Department of Transportation has been busily working on Main Street construction so that the traditional lamppost wreaths and white lights can return this year, although the new trees won’t be planted until next spring.

Double H Perecheron Farm, with a little help from horses Curt and Bill, will provide wagon rides until 9 p.m. Canton Police will provide an escort.

Holiday characters like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Honey Bear, Merry Mouse, and Mr. and Mrs. Gingerbread will make appearances, greeting and posing for the camera. The Canton Volunteer Fire Department will light the way for Santa Clause, who will also make an appearance.

Canton singer Diane Foote will lead Christmas caroling, followed by Santa’s countdown to the lighting of the Robin Crowell Memorial Tree and the Veterans Memorial tree with blue Christmas lights.

Local businesses, including Price Chopper and Kinney Drugs, have proved books and candy canes for Santa to give out to local children, with hot cocoa and cookies available in the Presbyterian Church.

Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

Donations of lights and wreaths can be dropped off to Karen Thatcher, 400 Cousintown Road, DeKalb Junction.