Putnam’s 23rd annual Holiday on the Lake takes place Saturday throughout the county seat.
Sponsored by the Hamlet of Carmel Civic Association, an estimated 5,000 men, women and children will fill the downtown area throughout the day partaking in a wide variety of activities and events.
A pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12-noon at the Carmel FD headquarters kicks off the festival.
Reed Library will have these events; 11:00-11:45 Holiday Crafts and Snacks; 11:45-12:45 Hudson Valley Folk Guild, Holiday Songs & Sing-Along; and from 1:00- 2:00, Santa Visits.
The Knights of Columbus Hall will host children’s crafts and face painting from 3 pm to 4:30 pm with hayrides and caroling at Cornerstone Park scheduled from 4pm to 5:30 pm.
The annual Chowder Festival at the park takes place at 4 pm, and one hour later, The Cornerstone Park tree will be illuminated for the season.
Events continue from 5:30- 6:30 pm with live music performed on the steps of the Historic Putnam Courthouse. At 6:15 pm, a Santa Stroll will be held along Gleneida Avenue from Fair Street to Route Six to raise money for cancer research.
The highlight of the day will occur at 6:30 pm where for an hour, an electric light parade will proceed through the downtown featuring some 40 floats.
Caroling will follow on the Gleneida shoreline with activities culminating when 80 trees are lighted and Santa appears from a nearby rooftop.
Throughout the day, Carmel’s churches and the Carmel Veteran’s Hall will be hosting holiday bazaars and gift sales.