By Mary Heyl

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the historic village of Randolph, which lies just 20 miles south of Ellicottville! Kick start your holiday shopping in Randolph on Small Business Saturday next weekend. Then, return to Randolph during the weekend of Dec. 2 and 3 for Randolph’s Country Christmas weekend. Read on to discover what awaits you in Randolph!

On Saturday, Nov. 25, Randolph businesses are participating in Small Business Saturday. That’s right—instead of heading to the malls and giant retailers for holiday gifts, more and more shoppers choose to patronize locally-owned stores in their community on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Why not visit Randolph next Saturday to shop for a special gift this year?

Shop at Randolph Retail Company at 127 Main Street for unique gifts, home décor, and American-made clothing. You’ll love their selection of Zum Bar bath products and Simply Noelle accessories and clothing. Visit Yarn for Ewe next door at 129 Main Street to stock up on yarn for the winter: lots of yarn to choose from and classes offered year ‘round! Across the street at 150 Main Street, Senn-sations Salon and Day Spa has great specials on gift cards and lots of holiday gift sets and products to pamper the ladies in your life. The weekend after Thanksgiving is also the 7-year anniversary for A Slice of Heaven Alpacas, located at 11144 Pope Road in Randolph. Stop by Mike and Sue Bean’s alpaca farm and their gift shop, Simply Natural Alpaca Gifts, for great deals, drawings, food and more on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24-25.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the fun begins with the Randolph United Presbyterian Church’s Christmas Cookie House, which starts at 9 a.m.! Buy homemade Christmas cookies by the pound—it’s a great way to try a variety of cookies and save some time on baking and decorating.

Then, head east on Main Street to Randolph Central School for their Holiday Craft and Vendor Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Since it started just six years ago, the Holiday Craft and Vendor Show, sponsored by the Art Club, has grown to over 100 different vendors that now occupy two gymnasiums. Shop for all kinds of handmade gifts, as well as popular items from home party/catalogue businesses such as Pampered Chef, Norwex, Lipsense and more.

Children are invited to see Santa and Mrs. Claus immediately following the craft show at the Randolph Library on Jamestown Street from 3 to 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., Randolph’s Christmas Parade, sponsored and organized by Expressions Performing Arts Center, begins at the Randolph Municipal Building. For the second year, the Christmas parade is taking place at night; enjoy the “Light Up the Night” theme, as well as Christmas lights and décor in storefront windows.

The Saturday festivities conclude with the Memory Tree Ceremony in the triangle park at 7:30 p.m. Purchase a memory tree ornament now through Dec. 1 to honor a loved one’s memory or celebrate the life of someone special to you. All names will be read aloud and honored at the ceremony, and ornaments will decorate Randolph’s Christmas tree throughout the season. Memory Tree ornaments are $5 each and can be purchased online at http://enjoyrandolph.org/events/country-christmas/.   

Throughout the weekend, the East Randolph United Methodist Church will present their Living Nativity. Friday’s and Saturday’s performances begin at 7 p.m. at the church, and Saturday’s Living Nativity will feature a live camel!

Stay up-to-date on Randolph’s Christmas events by following Enjoy Randolph on Facebook and visiting www.EnjoyRandolph.org. For more information about upcoming holiday events, contact the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at (716)358-9701 ext. 208 or email racdc@randolphny.net.