ANGOLA — Old and young alike may participate in the holiday season, during Christmas in Angola celebrations on Saturday, Dec. 14. This annual event is once again being presented by the Friends of the Village. It will begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day, at various locations.
This year’s holiday event will begin with Santa’s free, hot breakfast in the cafeteria of the J.T. Waugh School, located at 100 High St. in Angola. While the meal is being served, Santa and Mrs. Claus will entertain kids and pose for pictures, down the hall in the auditorium. Attendees may have pictures taken with Santa, or bring along a camera for selfies.
According to Debi Wilson, “the Friends of the Village Inc. began hosting this event 14 years ago as a community service, in an effort to build a stronger local economy by bringing more people into the village, to shop locally.”
The Angola Volunteer Fire Department will provide fire truck rides from 9 – 11 a.m. and the event will also include horse-drawn buggy rides from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The town of Evans Police Department will be on hand from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., in one of the school’s gymnasiums, with “P.C. the Patrol Car” and will be available to provide fingerprinting for children, in case of the event identification is ever necessary. In the same gymnasium, attendees will chat with Hollie Daze the Clown (compliments of Goya Foods), while she twists balloon sculptures.
A bounce house, courtesy of the Evans Lions Club, will be presented in the other gymnasium. Children’s Bingo in the school cafeteria, letter-writing to Santa Claus at the Angola Library and children’s tattoos at Kim’s Shear Expressions, will also be part of the festivities.
Participants may also try many Christmas crafts, including bookmark-making (with free cookies) at New Direction Family Consignment, or Christmas cookie decorating (and hot chocolate) at Unique Sweets. Christmas ornament crafts and a coloring contest will be presented at Taste of the Midway. A children’s Christmas ornament craft will be offered at the Angola Public Library and additional activities will take place at Dan’s Restaurant.
A free movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” presented by the Latimore-Schiavone Funeral Home, will be shown at the New Angola Theater at 2 p.m.
The Angola Flower Shoppe will offer an open house, featuring cookies, hot chocolate, lattes, candy and a raffle for a flower arrangement.
The Lake Shore Middle School Community Service and Volunteerism/Leo’s Club will host a bake sale fundraiser, beginning at 9 a.m. Boy Scout Troop No. 421 will offer hot dogs, chips and drinks at the school, starting at 11 a.m.
Complimentary refreshments will be available at the Angola Moose (hot chocolate and doughnuts) and the Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce (hot chocolate).
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual chili and cookie sale at the church, beginning at 11 a.m.
“These days, you hear more and more about shopping locally and supporting small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the Friends of the Village said. “Come enjoy this fun-filled family event and ... stop in to local businesses and see what they have to offer!”