SANTA CLAUS HAS BEEN KNOWN to frequent areas in Bath. Here he is last year greeting residents prior to the annual tree lighting ceremony.

SANTA CLAUS HAS BEEN KNOWN to frequent areas in Bath. Here he is last year greeting residents prior to the annual tree lighting ceremony.

BATH

Santa Claus will arrive in downtown Bath on Saturday, Nov. 24 for a children’s tree lighting in the gazebo at Library Park, followed by a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in City Hall Auditorium.

An ornament-making workshop will be set up in the community room of the Patten Free Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. so children and their families can make their own ornaments to place on the children’s tree while waiting for Santa’s arrival.

Santa will be escorted to the Gazebo in the Box 19 Club’s classic 1941 fire truck, and is scheduled to arrive at 3 to light the Christmas tree.

After the tree lighting, children and their families are invited to join Santa for a Jingle Bell walk up Front Street to City Hall for homemade cookies, punch and a cozy visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Downtown Bath has been preparing for Santa’s visit, and the city will be festive with wreaths and colored lights for his arrival and the start of the holiday season.

Many downtown businesses will welcome shoppers with open houses and sales on Saturday, which is being celebrated nationally as “small-business Saturday.” Shoppers are encouraged to shop locally and support the small independent businesses of their communities.

In Bath, “small-business Saturday” retail events include:

— An open house at Coastal Art Glass, Water Street, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with refreshments and 20 percent off all jewelry for gift-giving.

— Open house at Country Farm Furniture, Front Street from 9 to 5, with specials throughout the store and craftsman Jon Hentz showing his lobster trap cocktail and a Christmas drawing of a $500 gift certificate.

— An open house at Just Framing, Front Street from 9 to 4 with holiday savings and homemade treats.

— A 15 percent-off sale of handmade jewelry at Etc. Finery, 129 Front St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

— Holiday open house at Ornament on 70 Front St. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with refreshments and holiday plants and decorations.

— A “Things Coffee” Demo at Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front St, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The children’s tree lighting and visit with Santa is produced by Main Street Bath, and sponsored by Mid Coast Hospital and Bath Savings Institution.

The children’s tree and gazebo garlands are donated by Jorgensen Landscaping, and ornament-making materials by RM Tate.

A printed calendar with a full schedule of Bath holiday events is available in downtown Bath businesses and online at www.visitbath.com.

For more information, contact Jennifer Geiger, Main Street Bath, 442-7291 or 751- 6659; email: [email protected]


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