HANNIBAL, NY – Plans are under way for the celebration of the 10th Annual Country Christmas in the town of Hannibal November 23 and 24. This event kicks off the holiday season and showcases local merchants’ seasonal offerings.
Town merchants and organizations will be greeting guests, running specials and offering holiday treats. Each merchant will also be offering a door prize.
The Friends of the Library will hold its annual Christmas Tree Festival.
Visitors to the Community Center, 162 Oswego St., can bid on decorated trees and wreaths Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The theme for this year’s Festival is “The Polar Express.”
Trees and wreaths decorated with theme decorations will be eligible to win “The People’s Choice” Award.” Look for the featured Pet Tree.
Contact Linda Remig at 315-564-6643 for information or pick up an entry form at the library.
The Hannibal United Methodist Church, 320 Church St., is sponsoring a craft show on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A soup, sandwich and homemade pie lunch will be served 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch takeouts are available.
Travis Floral Shop, 1007 Auburn St., will sparkle at its 68th annual Christmas open house.
Travis Elves showcase their talents from traditional to cutting edge designs sure to impress. Guests will enjoy featured vendors, door prizes and seasonal treats. The showroom and greenhouse will be decked to the rooftop with ornaments, gifts, plants and floral arrangements.
Travis Spirits and Wine Garden, 1007 Auburn St., will host tastings from Ashley Lynn Winery Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Three Brothers Winery Sunday noon – 4 p.m.
Customers will find the perfect wines and liquors to compliment their Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings. Preview holiday gift sets and take advantage of special open house savings.
The Hannibal Quick Mart, Inc., 971 Cayuga St., is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Wine tasting and samples from the deli will be available on both days, along with plenty of door prizes from Quick Mart vendors. Susie said, “There’s something for everyone at the Quick Mart.”
Kim’s Village Café, 342 Church St., will be open Saturday 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. – noon. Stop by and check out the restaurant. Tables full of baked goods, pumpkin pies, rolls, breads, muffins, cookies and much more will be available. Bring a child to decorate a sugar cookie for free. Kim said, “We are looking forward to seeing everybody.”
The recently-opened Village Tavern (formerly known as the Hannibal Hotel), 174 Oswego St., will feature prime rib dinners on Saturday evening. Visitors will be able to tour the newly renovated restaurant both days. The tavern will offer samples, coupons and meals during the event.
The Beckwith Family Christmas Tree Station, 189 Mill St., welcomes everyone to the grand opening of its new barn at Jingle Bell Junction, where there will be a bright and exciting display of real trees, wreaths and novelties. Special complimentary refreshments will celebrate the occasion. The Ribbon Cutting for the new barn will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Scrubby Doos, 3Village Square, will hold an open house and feature information on its pet grooming business. Refreshments will be served.
The Village Market IGA, 409 Fulton St., will kick off its “Hometown Holiday” celebration. Everyone is invited to look at holiday entertaining ideas and suggestions, enter to win IGA gift cards and one of their meat gift packs. Sample tasty treats at the store. This open house will be both days from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Kami’s Kix Dance Studio, 3 Village Square, will be hosting an open house all day Saturday and until 3 p.m. Sunday. Stop in to see what classes they have to offer and enjoy refreshments. The students will be performing at the Christmas Tree lighting.
Hannibal Pharmacy, 450 Fulton St., will be administering flu shots and free blood pressure screenings, during its open house on Saturday.
God’s Vision Christian Church, 326 Church St., will be holding an open house and tour at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be refreshments.
Dollar General, 952 Cayuga St., is pleased to participate in this year’s Country Christmas. The store will be full of holiday items including Christmas decorations, winter clothing, gifts for mom and dad, plus of course Santa has a huge selection of toys on display. To help ease the strain on the wallets, Dollar General will offer a 25% discount to every customer who spends $75 on toys in a single transaction. Refreshments will be served.
Just Stylin’, 1083 Auburn St., will be hosting an open house and serving refreshments on Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon, the Hannibal Historical Society is hosting The Village Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. This event starts at 4 p.m. in the Village Square, with the arrival of Santa Claus. At 4:15, students from Kami’s Kix Dance Studio will perform. Community organizations involving students have been invited to set up tables where children can make crafts or families can make purchases. At 4:45, The Port Byron Brass will begin playing songs of the season.
Door prize drawings will take place, followed by the children’s parade and the lighting of the Christmas Tree in the Village Square. Each child who attends this event will receive a gift from Santa, and be given an ornament to hang on the Village Christmas Tree.
The Country Christmas merchants and organizations look forward to seeing everyone and are excited to kick off this 2013 holiday season.