Schedule of Events

 
Friday, December 8, 2017




5pm at the Essex Inn


Join James Beard (guest) bartender-of-the-year, Lori Kudelski, and
Essex Inn General Manager Tom, on Friday or Saturday at 5:00 pm for a complimentary
mixology class to learn how to make holiday themed cocktails.

Please call the Inn at (518) 963-4400 to reserve your space today. Seating is limited!

Click here to see a review from last year's inaugural event!

They will also provide the class again on Saturday, December 9 at 5pm.



6:30pm at the Green behind Town Hall

Join the Pleasant Valley Chorale and your friends
and neighbors for the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree!




and then sing your way across the street with the
ensemble to the Essex Community Church where they will present:



The
Pleasant Valley Chorale will present a program of holiday music entitled


Click here to view the concert poster


on Friday, December 8th at 7:00pm at the Essex Community Church.

The Pleasant Valley Chorale will present a program of holiday favorites, entitled "Home for the Holidays" on two occasions. On Friday, December 8th, the chorale is thrilled to be the kickoff event for the annual Christmas in Essex festivities with a concert at 7:00pm at the Essex Community Church in Essex, NY, following caroling at the Essex town tree. They will present the same concert on Sunday, December 10th at the UCC Church in Elizabethtown, NY at 3:00pm. Come and commemorate the season with the Chorale!

Admission is free with a goodwill donation accepted at the door.

The chorale is a 35-voice ensemble, directed by Susan Hughes, accompanied by Kerry Mero, and sponsored by the Elizabethtown Social Center.
 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

All events subject to change without notice.

      
9:30am Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Essex Ferry dock where they will greet children and families! They will have a sweet treat for the kids, too! Location:
Essex Ferry Dock
 

 
9:30am
-
3:00pm
Get your holiday shopping on
with our amazing vendors!

Please support our local Essex businesses:
Belden Noble Library
The Cupola House (3rd Hand Antiques)
Essex Community Church
The Essex Inn
Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness
Neighborhood Nest
Ping Pink Antiques and Café
ReNew (click here for details on their FREE items!)
Location:
Main Street
CFES Center (behind Post Office)
Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness


  
9:30am
-
1:45pm
Join in on the Christmas Scavenger Hunt!
Get your Christmas scavenger hunt card from any Essex business and follow the clues around Essex. Get stamps, stickers or signatures to prove you've been to the correct locations and bring your completed card to the concert at 1:45pm for a special gift from Santa!
Location:
All around the hamlet!
 

 
9:45am Santa and Mrs. Claus (thanks to the volunteers of the Essex Fire Department) are taken away in a fire truck to the Essex Fire Department for a free pancake breakfast for the public! Location:
Essex Ferry Dock to
Essex Fire Department
 

 
9:45am
-
11:00am
Come join us for a FREE pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus! (Thanks to the Essex F&A Masons, Drew Reithel of the Willsboro Diner and the volunteers of the Essex Fire Department) Location:
Essex Fire Department


10:00 am
-
2:00pm
Annual Christmas bake and craft sale
Come to the downstairs area of the Essex Community Church for their annual sale to help benefit the church. While you're there, grab a snack, visit some vendors and have a souvenir picture taken!
Location:
Essex Community Church


10:00am
-
4:00pm
Belden Noble Library Silent Auction
Come bid on an amazing array of local goods, craft and services and help support our local library in the process!
Location:
Belden Noble Library


  
11:00am
-
2:00pm
Come get a special holiday photo with a friend or loved one!
Have your picture taken in our special Essex holiday wonderland! Fun holiday props will be on hand if you wish to make the photo session even more memorable!
($3/photo)
Location:
Essex Community Church


11:00am
-
1:45pm
Gingerbread Cookie decorating!
Back by popular demand this year is this amazing event that allows kids to decorate gingerbread cookie boys and girls.
(Suggested donation of $5)
Location:
Room to the north of the Essex Post Office
 

 
Hungry for lunch? Grab a bite to eat at one of these locations:

Essex Community Church (11:30am - 1pm)
Pink Pig Café (open all day serving breakfast, too!)
Essex Inn (11am - 4pm)


 
11:30am
-
11:45am
Lakeside School Puppet Show (FREE)
Come join the faculty and staff of the Lakeside Waldorf School as they share a wonderful tale of adventure. This event will sure to please and activate the imagination of all ages!
Location:
Town Hall Meeting Room
 

 
12:00pm
-
12:30pm
Reindeer Fun Run for Kids around Beggs Point
This year's race returns to the classic format that you all know and love! We will start and finish the race at  Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness. Interested in showing off your holiday speed? We'll see you at the starting line! Bring your sneakers and let's have some fun!
Location:
In front of
Lake Champlain Yoga & Wellness
 

 
12:30pm
-
1:30pm
Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Here is your exclusive opportunity to have your picture taken by a professional photgrapher with the most important couple of the day! Share with them your wish list for Christmas and take home a souvenir photo of you and your party with Saint Nick.
($5/photo)
Location:
Essex Community Church


 
1:00pm
-
1:15pm
Lakeside School Puppet Show (FREE)
Come join the faculty and staff of the Lakeside Waldorf School as they share a wonderful tale of adventure. This event will sure to please and activate the imagination of all ages!
Location:
Town Hall Meeting Room


 
1:45pm
-
2:15pm
Champlain Valley Chorus of the Sweet Adelines
AND
Santa and Mrs. Claus hand out gifts to children who complete the Scavenger Hunt



Come hear the beautiful 4-part harmony sounds of the Champlain Valley Sweet Adelines as they sing holiday music in their own special way! Children who participated in the scavenger hunt that day will also be able to get their special present at this event from Santa himself!
Location:
St. John's Church
 

 
3:00pm
-
3:30pm
Local author and illustrator Steven Kellogg celebrates his 50th Anniversary of his very first published book that appeared on Harper's List in 1967. He will read from that book, and several others.

Come early as seating is limited!

Location:
Belden Noble Library


 

 
Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Christmas Carol Radio Holiday Celebration
A much-loved community tradition returns! Directed by James Coleman with live music and carol singing. Suitable and fun for all ages.

3-4:00 -- Refreshments, music, dancing, cookie-making, kids crafts
4:00pm -- Performance

Suggested donation: $10 for adults. Any and all donations welcome.
All proceeds support the food pantries in Elizabethtown, Willsboro and Westport.



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