Small Business Saturday Nov. 26 and Country Christmas Weekend Dec. 2-4

By Christopher Gordon

As the snow starts to fall, and families get together to celebrate what they are thankful for, the thoughts will quickly change to Christmas.

For some, that will mean heading out to stores after pumpkin pie and looking for the best possible bargains, while for others, it will mean the beginning of creating memories that will last a lifetime.

This will be the case for those who live in Randolph, as the holiday season will offer plenty of opportunities to make Christmas 2016 one to remember.

While many will head to the stores on Black Friday, shoppers are encouraged to spend some of their money Saturday, Nov. 26 as well. Randolph businesses will participate in another tradition known as Small Business Saturday. Malls and big box stores are not the only places to shop for special gifts, as the businesses in Randolph offer a variety of gift ideas for family and friends this holiday season.

Residents still have an opportunity to purchase memory tree ornaments, which will go on display during the Country Christmas celebration, Dec. 2-4.

The ornaments, which cost $5 each, can be purchased online at, or at Countrywide Wine and Spirits, Randolph Retail Company or Yarn for Ewe on Main Street. Once the ornaments are purchased, email RACDC Director Mary Heyl at and include information on who the ornament is from and who will it either be in memory of (someone who has deceased) or in honor of (someone who is living).

The Country Christmas weekend will be filled with many activities for families to enjoy. It will kickoff with a living Nativity at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at the East Randolph United Methodist Church.

The evening’s festivities will continue with the Memory Tree ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at Triangle Park.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, there will be a cookie house at the Presbyterian Church. It will continue until the cookies are gone.

From 3 to 5 p.m., there will be several activities throughout the community. This will include children letting Santa and Mrs. Claus know what is on their wish, as they will appear at the Randolph Public Library.

Also during that time, businesses in the downtown section will participate in the Snowflake Walk Scavenger Hunt for kids.

Families can also enjoy carriage rides at the library through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

And new this year will be “Randolph’s Light Up the Night Christmas Parade,” which begins at 6 p.m. The parade is sponsored by Expressions Performing Arts Center.

Saturday’s events will conclude with a living Nativity at East Randolph United Methodist Church.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, there will be a Christmas and Toy auction at 2 p.m.

The weekend’s activities will conclude with a living Nativity at 6 p.m. at East Randolph United Methodist Church.

Randolph Central Schools will hold its annual Christmas Craft show at the high school. Proceeds from the sale, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will benefit the Art Guild and French Club.

And there will be plenty of activities throughout the holiday season.

This will include a Christmas Ball, which will be held by the Village Dance Studio at 1

p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Randolph Junior/Senior High School.

There will also be a winter band concert for children in grades 5-12 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at Randolph Junior/Senior High School.

The Randolph Historical Society will be celebrating the season with its annual Christmas dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Those who attend are asked to bring a dish to pass.

A holiday favorite will come alive in Randolph, as the elementary school will hold its play, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec.2 at the Randolph High School Auditorium.

Families will have plenty of chances to find activities to enjoy the holidays before schools take its holiday recess from Dec.23-Jan.2.