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Holiday celebrations continue this weekend

YATES, STEUBEN COUNTIES—The holiday celebrations continue with Dundee’s Touch of Christmas and the Hammondsport Christmas in the Park, both Saturday, Dec. 11.
Touch of Christmas has been a part of the holiday season for more than 20 years. On Saturday, Dec. 11, Seneca Street Park will once again be the center of activity. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with Dundee Mayor Fred Crastley Jr. lighting the Christmas tree in the park. The entire event is free.
A Living Nativity scene presented by members of Crystal Valley Mennonite Church will show a gentle reminder of the origin of the season. Music, food, horse-drawn wagon rides and a visit from Santa are all part of the evening’s experience.
Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Christmas Bear and Christmas Elf will arrive on a Dundee fire truck. Santa will visit with children throughout the evening. Each child will receive a gift bag at the end of their visit with Santa. The bags are provided by local businesses who support the event each year.
Visitors can also sample fried dough, hot dogs, bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, fire department chili, cookies and lots of hot coffee and cocoa.  In addition to the traditional menu, two new treats will be available this year: Dundee Sports Boosters, popcorn, and Our Town Rocks, raisins, nuts and apples. All the food is provided by local organizations and businesses.
 Volunteer Judy Duquette summed up the celebration, observing, “It’s a good place to warm your heart, and your stomach.”
Hammondsport will celebrate the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 11, with the 34th Annual Christmas in the Park.
The festive event runs from 4 to 8 p.m. in the village square.  Christmas in the Park starts with the Keuka Lake Players performing “It’s Christmas Time on the Prairie” at the Presbyterian church.  It starts at 4 p.m.
Santa, Mrs. Claus and reindeer will arrive around 6 p.m.  From then until 8 p.m. there will be free horse drawn wagon rides.  There will also be the tree lighting, food, entertainment in the bandstand, and crafts throughout the evening.
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