‘Tis the Season in Randolph

By Christopher Gordon

In a few days, ghosts, goblins and many other characters will be knocking on doors, yelling “trick-or-treat” and enjoying the tasty treats as Halloween night draws near.

As you walk through stores, there is a gentle reminder that Santa Claus is starting to prepare for his annual trek around the world on Christmas Eve. But before that night comes, the holiday season will offer families an opportunity to make great memories, and Randolph will have many chances to do just that.

This will include a chance for residents to purchase memory tree ornaments, which will go on display during the Country Christmas celebration, which will be held Dec. 2-4.

The ornaments – which cost $5 a piece – will go on sale beginning Nov. 1 and can be purchased online at enjoyrandolph.org/events/country-christmas, 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 racdc@randolphny.net 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 list,  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 School 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.

Before celebrating Christ-mas in Randolph, the weekend of Thanksgiving will offer residents another way to celebrate the community. As many get set to hit the ground shopping as part of the annual tradition known as Black Friday, residents are encouraged to spend some of their money Saturday, Nov. 26 as well. That is because Randolph businesses will also 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.

Make Randolph a must-see stop on your get-ready-for-the-holidays route!