CARMEL – The 23rd annual
Holiday on the Lake in Carmel Saturday night could have been the setting
for a Hallmark Christmas card.
Chilly early December weather greeted the several thousand people who
lined the parade route along Route 52 through the heart of the hamlet
as float after float – 50 in all – passed by, several with
Santa and his helpers.
Piping hot cups of chowder are
served at Cornerstone
Park prior to the parade thanks to eight area
restaurants and delis
Brightly lit floats wer among
the highlights of the
Following the parade, a switch was flicked by Michael Schmidt and his
family and 80 holiday trees along the Gleneida lakeshore became illuminated
as Christmas carols echoed throughout the downtown.
Activities that preceded the parade included a pancake breakfast, Christmas
crafts, a caroling festival, hayrides, a chowder tasting event and a Santa
Stroll where bystanders cheered on a small army of Santa’s to benefit
the American Cancer Society.
The day’s celebratory events were not just for Putnam County residents.
People came from across the Hudson Valley to enjoy the festivities with
family and friends.
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