The Holiday Treasure Express Parade, with more than 35 floats and marching acts, will be on Main Street Margaretville at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, culminating at the Village Pavilion.

Festivities will start on Main Street at 12:30 p.m. with hand crafts for children sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild at the Commons building, and at 2 p.m., a tree lighting at the MARK Project Amphitheater and caroling led by members of the Community Chorale under the direction of Richard Tucker at Binnekill Square.

Main Street Margaretville merchants will provide hot cocoa and cookies, and offer coupons for deals that are valid through Jan. 3.

"Step off" will be at Margaretville Central School, with more than 30 floats and marching groups, all created and led by local businesses and community groups.

Santa Claus will lead the progression to the Village Pavilion and Park behind Freshtown grocery, where all the floats will be on display.

At the Pavilion, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children, hear their holiday wishes and pose for photos, which will be offered for a minimal fee to cover photo supplies, presenters said.

At about 5:15 p.m., there will be music and the village tree lighting. Vendors will be selling items including winter accesories, maple syrup and Quarltere's greenery and decorations until 6:30 p.m.

Food available will include pies from Freshtown Marketplace, hot beverages and soup by Ed's Dog House, hot dogs, a local cheese tasting table sponsored by the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship, and some Mexican food from La Cabana, including enchiladas, tacos and salsas.

For more information, call the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce at (845) 596-3300 or visit holiday

treasureexpress.com.

Event sponsors include La Cabana Restaurant, The Roxbury Motel, Mike Mathis Productions, The MARK Project, Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, Catskill Community Garden Club, Quarltere's Garden Center, Main Care Energy, Hubbell Brothers, and Rosehedge Farm _ Randy & Lucci Kelly. Public Restaurant & Lounge in Roxbury is offering $5 off throughout the weekend to guests with a receipt from any local Main Street vendor. The event is funded in part by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation.

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