LAKE PLACID - Business boosters have planned family-oriented events for the Olympic Region this holiday season, and time is running out for those interested in being eligible for the house/business decorating contests.
Kids visit with Santa on Main Street in Lake Placid during the Holiday Village Stroll.
(Photo — John DiGiacomo)
This past week, the Whiteface Region Business & Tourism Center announced it will be sponsoring Wilmington's annual Holiday Decorating Contest. Starting at 6 p.m., judges will be traveling the town roads looking for decorations the weekend of Dec. 6-8. The judging route will be state Route 86, Springfield Road, Haselton Road and Bonnieview Road. Wilmington residents can still have their houses judged if they live off the beaten path or if the houses are not visible from the main road. They simply have to contact the Whiteface Region Business & Tourism Center to be added to the list.
Cash prizes donated by the Birch Tree Lodge and Santa's Workshop will be awarded to the first- and second-place winners. A gift certificate donated by the Wilderness Inn Restaurant will be awarded to the third-place winner. For more information, contact Michelle Burns at 518-946-2255.
Judging for the Lake Placid Village Holiday Decorating Contest will take place starting at 4 p.m. Dec. 2-6 for residential and commercial properties. The judging mainly takes place between Old Military Road, Route 73 to the ski jumps, Saranac Avenue and Cobble Hill Road. Those outside these boundaries who want to participate in the contest should call Faith Brown at 518-523-9246.
There will be a panel of nine to 12 judges who include volunteers from the Lake Placid Business Association, the Lake Placid Beautification Association and the Lake Placid Garden Club. The contest committee is supported by staff from the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau, which provides funding for the awards.
One prize will be awarded this year for each of the following categories: Best of Show, Retail Windows, Civic Properties and Churches, Resorts, Motels (including Inns and B&Bs), Olympic Theme, Commercial (other than lodging) and Best New Display. The Residential category will have one award each for Classic Elegance, Children's Delight and Most Creative.
The winners will be announced at the Holiday Village Stroll Christmas tree-lighting celebration in Mid's Park on Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 5 p.m.
Holiday Village Stroll
The sixth annual Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll will be held Dec. 6-8, and organizers promise it will be a "festive weekend of boutique village shopping, fun family events, arts and entertainment in an authentic winter wonderland."
Activities this year include:
-The Nutcracker Ballet at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts
-New children's crafts, including ornament making
-Super Sunday at Whiteface Mountain
The "Lake Placid Holiday Dreams on Ice" Show on Sunday at 5 p.m. will feature future Olympic hopefuls, past Olympians and a tribute to skater Sonia Henie on the same ice where she earned an Olympic Gold in 1932.
Highlights from the weekend will include:
-The Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run benefitting the Fit for Life program
-Traditional Yule Log hunt and Christmas tree lighting on the shores of Mirror Lake
-Free showings of "The Polar Express" at the Palace Theatre
-Free holiday story time, craft making, and candy house making
-Free wine tastings, gift wrapping and local store promotions
-The arrival of Santa via fire truck on Main Street
Numerous Lake Placid hotels are offering festive packages to complement the weekend-long event for travelers looking to enjoy the holiday season affordably. For more information, including the full schedule, visit www.lakeplacid.com.