It's holiday shopping season in earnest, now that Thanksgiving is over. You can spend all your gift-giving dollars this year with Catskills merchants and businesses, and maybe see a few Christmas trees and even Santa himself while you're at it. To help you shop local, here's the second installment of our holiday shopping guide.
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Here's what's happening over the weekend of Nov. 28 to 30:
Margaretville hosts its annual holiday celebration on Saturday, Nov. 29. Shops will be decked to the nines, lots of kids’ activities will distract your little ones, and Santa will show up late in the afternoon on a fire truck. Hot cocoa and doughnuts will keep you fortified, and you can grab a hayride when your feet get tired.
The Book Village of Hobart is having a huge Thanksgiving Weekend sale Nov. 28 through 30, with 30 percent off all books in six unique, thematic bookstores. You’ll find a celebratory atmosphere reigning, and other Hobart shops full of art, antiques, collectibles and home goods.
There will be a at Burn Ayr Farm in Delhi on Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Get fresh local beef, chicken and pork for your table, sumptuous knits from Ideuma Creek Alpaca, fragrant soaps and hooked rugs from Annie Hayes, candles, pottery, goodies from Tay Tea and the Apple Sax Bakery, maple treats and more.
Also in Delhi on Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can enjoy the bounty of the Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Early Bird Sale at the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild.
Christmas at the Creamery in Bovina Center offers blissful shopping among “jams, syrup, honey, baked goods, cheese, unique one-of-a-kind items, crafts, antiques, art, jewelry, ornaments, wreaths, kissing balls, Christmas trees and more.” Over 50 local farms and artisans participate. Friday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Saturday, Nov. 29 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Tannersville Spirits of the Holidays celebration will include a craft fair at the village hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 and a tree lighting ceremony in the Village Square at 5 p.m. Santa, Frosty, and Sparky the Fire Dog have all RSVP’d that they plan to attend.
The Member's Holiday Small Works Exhibition will be going on every Saturday and Sunday between Nov. 23 and Dec. 13 from 1 p.m. To 4 p.m. at the Athens Cultural Center. Shop for “tiny treasures with that ‘gotta-have-it flair'” among the works in oils, pastel, acrylics, photography and more.
On Saturday, Nov. 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the United Methodist Church women's group in Kenoza Lake will host a Christmas Bazaar featuring all things holiday: decorations, cookies, wrapping paper, and much more.
The Signature Gifts shop of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance continues to burst its Narrowsburg banks, filling two floors with gifts. The shop will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays between Nov. 21 and Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Nov. 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m., come out to the Delaware Community Center in Callicoon for a Holiday Craft Fair that is promised to be “a unique assortment of merchandise for holiday shopping.”
The Catskill Art Society will host a free opening reception for the Crafts Show in their new Elevator Gallery in Livingston Manor, featuring artwork and gifts by local artisans, on Friday, Nov. 28 from 4 p.m. To 6 p.m. The Art Society’s Holiday Bazaar will be open Thursdays through Mondays through Dec. 21 during regular gallery hours, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on other days.
They’ll be having a very merry holiday sale at the Emerson Resort in Mount Tremper from Nov. 28 to Nov. 30. Things not to be missed: “Santas that tell a story” sculptures by Patricia Davis at the Barn Hall, deep discounts at Melina’s and the Men’s Shop, and unique jewelry from David Fescier at the Kaleidostore.
An Evening of Holiday Shopping will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Wallkill View Farm in New Paltz. Sample festive artisanal foods, munch homemade cookies, and enjoy sale prices on holiday items while the New Paltz High School Choir carols in the background.