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‘Miracle Goes Virtual’

Christmas Event Takes Place Saturday

The “Miracle on Main Street” festival in Fredonia is set for Saturday. Due to COVID-19, the event will take place virtually and in-person, though with limited gathering.

FREDONIA — Festivals Fredonia’s annual “Miracle on Main Street” festival is set for Saturday. However it will look very different than years past due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and pandemic.

With cases rising both locally and nationally, as well as the need to adhere to physical distancing and reduced gatherings, Festivals Fredonia will be hosting Miracle on Main Street both virtually and in person — limited gathering — throughout the afternoon. The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., ending with the official lighting of the tree by Santa Claus at the gazebo in Barker Commons.

The organization will also be celebrating, virtually, some of the miracles of the holiday season in downtown Fredonia.

Miracles Throughout The Afternoon

¯ The miracle of sharing for the Fredonia Food Pantry non-perishable food drive from 3 to 6 p.m.

¯ The miracle of the holiday with Santa lighting the tree at 6 p.m.

¯ The miracle of generosity — all of those who generously support Festivals Fredonia throughout the year.

The festival and events will occur solely in Barker Common Park, but we will have content. Santa and Mrs. Claus will each be reading Christmas stories during the day and will be aired on Festival Fredonia’s website (www.festivalsfredonia.org), Facebook page and YouTube channel for the kids to watch.

Santa will kick-off the event by reading from his normal spot at Darwin Barker library at 3:30 p.m. and Ms. Claus will continue reading from the Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County at 4:30 p.m.

Letters to Santa from the community’s children will be collected from 3 to 6 p.m. Children may drop off their letter at the gazebo in a special “letters to Santa” box. They will all mailed to the North Pole in time for Santa to respond.

Although there will be no usual vendor activity this year, we will have Peggy Rose of The Cakery available at her shop at 24 W. Main St. in Fredonia with gingerbread house kits available for purchase this year. We will also have Franklin Honey & Apple kettle corn on Church Street during the event. Family friendly and kid themed menus will be available at Domus Fare as well.

Santa continues his visit at 5:30 p.m. at the gazebo, returning to light the official holiday tree at 6 p.m. sharp, joined by a performance by Collage Performing Arts Center dance troupe, dressed as Santa’s Little Helpers.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors and donors. Donations for this event have been provided by Tim Hortons and WeatherHill Farm. For more festival information and the list of events and times, please go to www.festivalsfredonia.org.

Festivals Fredonia is a not-for-profit organization of civic-minded volunteers who dedicate their time and efforts to enhancing the cultural appeal of the village of Fredonia, and to support and promote its local businesses through inclusive, family-friendly, cultural, and historical events and festivals.

If you are interested in more information or for volunteer opportunities, contact: Larry Fiorella at festivalsfredoniany@gmail.com

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