Christmas is getting a little nearer with the arrival of Santa in several communities this week.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving in Sidney on an old fashioned fire truck as part of Friday’s Jolly Holly Day Parade that starts 6:30 p.m., Chamber President Kerri Green said.
The parade has 22 floats and participants, she said. The grand marshal is Sidney Mayor Andrew Matviak, and NBT Bank, this year’s Chamber Business of the Year, will also be honored. The event will start on Main and Division Streets and continue until River Street. After, Santa will return to his headquarters, located at Scoville-Meno at 18 Union Street, where he will be available for free photos with children.
Jolly Holly Day events in Sidney continue through next weekend, when there will be a kids-free shopping day and children’s holiday party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Smart community room at the Sidney Memorial Public Library. Events include the movie “Arthur’s Christmas” and lunch and a craft with Mrs. Claus. People are advised to register their children by calling the chamber office at 561-2642 by Dec. 10. The holiday house decorating contest will run Dec. 14-16.
Saturday will be a busy day in Unadilla, said Chamber of Commerce co-president Brenda Brooks. The organization is sponsoring several events at the Community Center at 246 Main Street. The Festival of Trees will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
That will include crafts for kids, raffle baskets, and a bake sale. Refreshments are available. Santa will be there from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children are encouraged to bring a canned good or $1 to benefit the Unadilla Food Pantry, she said. They can sit on his lap and have a picture taken.
Free goodie bags will be available for the first 100 kids. Maps will be available there or from a Unadilla Rotary member for $5, for the Rotary winter walk, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. More than 15 homes, mostly on Main Street, will be included. Refreshments will be available at some of the locations.