THIS YEAR'S EVENT DECEMBER 7, 2013.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! One and all! Holiday Magic is returning to Newark Valley once again this December—Saturday, December 8, 2012, to be exact.
The magic begins at 4:00pm and comes to a sad but satisfying end at 8:00pm. The jolly old man in white beard and red suit will land at the village green
at 4:00. Children can visit with him—sugarplums dancing in their heads—at the gazebo until about 5:00.
Right off the green, from the Rollie Noble Room beside the post office, holiday music will spill out into the fresh, crisp air, along with that distinctive
aroma of gingerbread. Let that aroma, mixed with that of hot cocoa, coffee and popcorn, lure you in so you can indulge in Giblin’s Kids' Candy Shop
(homemade candies offered by fifth graders at NVMS) or Cake Creations (delicious homemade cakes) or Peppermint Perfection Pink Pigs (from Family
and Consumer classes at NVMS). Newark Valley United Methodist Church will also offer homemade soup, bread and pies.
Spend your time marveling at all the creatively designed gingerbread houses with a backdrop of holiday greenery and sparkling lights. New this year will be
even larger cash prizes for gingerbread house entries judged on visual appeal, use of materials and originality in five categories: adult (16 and up),
youth (11-15), youngster (10 and under), group/family and people’s choice (to be voted on during the festival). To enter please call JoAnn Byrne
at 642-3906 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries will be accepted on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at the Noble Room.
Before you head to the Depot, take your chance on an array of terrific raffle items/baskets including a free raffle for boy's bike and a girl's bike.
The Depot, located off Whig Street, will be dressed to the nines with more than 20 decorated Christmas trees and 16 beautifully arrayed wreaths
made up by local artists. The wreaths will be offered up for bid in a silent auction. A new addition this year for the young—and not so young alike
will be two model trains on a dioramic layout in the waiting room. Grassanova with Tom Quigley will serenade you with bluegrass-flavored holiday
music throughout the evening. Of course it wouldn’t be the Depot without oodles of delectable food—pulled pork sandwiches, chili, sloppy joes, hot dogs
with the works, and luscious desserts. Warm your tummy with hot chocolate or mulled cider. And Santa—you remember, that jolly old man with the big
heart—will descend upon the Depot at 5:30 to add to his list all the Christmas wishes the wonder-eyed children have to offer. Children can also write letters
to Santa and mail them in “Santa’s Mailbox.” While they wait for Santa’s arrival, there will be holiday crafts and cookie decorating—and of course, cookie
Horse and wagon rides will run between the village green and the depot
throughout the evening. So don your warmest mittens and festive hat
and come join in the holiday fun at Newark Valley’s seventh annual Holiday Magic Festival.