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Craft show, Festival of Trees kicks off holidays

SANDWICH – The Sandwich Park District’s 11th annual Holiday Lane Craft Show and Festival of Trees will return to the Montcler Hotel this weekend after being held at the Sandwich Fairgrounds last year.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Redberri Convention Center inside Montcler Hotel, 330 Drew Ave. in Sandwich.

About 25 Christmas trees decorated by local businesses, organizations and churches will be featured, along with 60 vendors selling handcrafted and homemade gifts.

On Saturday, entertainment will include performances by Gold Star Academy of Dance, Indian Valley Community Band and The Lamplight Singers. Santa Claus will make appearances both days for photos with children.

Montcler Hotel will sponsor Breakfast with Santa both Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. After attending the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Festival of Trees, head to downtown Sandwich on Saturday for additional Christmas events and activities.

A Sandwich Christmas will begin at 4:30 p.m. The free event, hosted by the Sandwich Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sandwich Park District, will feature a tree-lighting ceremony, Santa Claus, reindeer and holiday activities.

Other Christmas events include performances of “A Twisted Christmas” at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available online in advance for $12 at Tickets at the door cost $15.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 20, the Sandwich Park District and Meadowvale will present the film “Elf” at the Sandwich Opera House. The event will include food and an ugly sweater contest. Tickets cost $5 each. Proceeds help provide park programs for kids in need.

For information about the Holiday Lane Craft Show and Festival of Trees or the Sandwich Park District, visit or call 815-786-8044.

“The Holiday Lane Craft Show and Festival of Trees is free family fun to start off the holiday festivities in Sandwich,” said Candace Kissel, program manager for the park district. “There’s a lot of shopping opportunities to help you get prepared for the upcoming holidays. At the same time, you are supporting the local economy and local businesses. It’s an annual tradition, and it brings people from all over to see the city of Sandwich.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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