HARRISON – Santa Claus is coming to town next week, along with a variety of festive events.

The 23rd annual Christmas in Harrison, with the theme “A Country Christmas,” starts on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 11, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 14.

On Dec. 11, a Soup and Song will take place at 5 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Harrison. The free event features a variety of soups, and visitors are asked to bring canned goods for the church’s pantry. The supper will be followed by Christmas carols and a living nativity scene.

Judges will tour the village from 5 to 7 p.m. to choose winners for a decorating contest. Entries must be submitted to Northeast Bank, the Village Tie-Up, or the Market Basket by Dec. 9. Judges will award prizes of $100, $75 and $50 for the best home decorations and plaques for the top three business decorations.

At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, a parade will proceed from Depot Street to the town common with participants illuminating the way with candles or flashlights. Santa Claus will ride in the parade, light the town’s Christmas tree, and stay for visits at the town office. The parade will also include carols led by the Harrison Brass Choir.

Saturday, Dec. 13, will feature events throughout the day. The Congregational Church of Harrison will hold a pancake and egg breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and accept donations for the town’s heating assistance fund. Free horse-drawn wagon rides will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and craft fairs will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the town office and Harrison Grange.

Other Saturday events include a Christmas yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the village common hosted by the Harrison Friendly Riders Snowmobile Club; a visit by Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Olde Mill Tavern; and a Christmas tree sale sponsored by the Lions Club at the Lion’s Den.

Saturday concludes with the Christmas in Harrison dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the VFW Hall on Route 35. The dance will feature music by Linwood Cash and the Ridge Riders, and include the announcement of raffle and decorating contest winners. Tickets are $12 per person and are available at the Village Tie-Up or at the door.

The festival closes on Sunday with a Christmas brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Olde Mill Tavern.

Brochures with a calendar of events are available at the town office and other locations throughout the village.

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