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Vergennes Holiday Stroll will help you get into the spirit

VERGENNES — Holiday spirit will be bubbling over in the Little City of Vergennes this season starting off with the ninth annual Holiday Stroll this Saturday, Dec. 6. The month of December will see many activities in Vergennes to keep people in the holiday frame of mind.
Chat with Santa over breakfast, fill your gift bag with local crafts, and enjoy songs and music with friends at the Vergennes Holiday Stroll. Participants will enjoy a festive collection of activities ranging from a fantastic Winter Craft Fair to a stroll down Main Street ringing bells and singing songs with Santa and his elves.
On Dec. 6 the fun starts at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Vergennes Union High School and go all day to 5 p.m. in Vergennes City Park as the winners of the first annual Gingerbread House Contest are announced.
A few of the event highlights include breakfast with Santa at Vergennes Union High School Cafeteria beginning at 7:30 a.m. The 14th annual Winter Holiday Craft Fair at Vergennes Union Elementary School will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Get in the spirit of the Holiday Stroll with a leisurely walk with Santa beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Vergennes Opera House. The jolly elf will meander with a group of friends down Main Street to the Bixby Library. The 14th annual Winter Holiday Craft Fair at Vergennes Union Elementary School will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In the meantime, the Bixby will be a hoppin’ place with its open house and silent auction of holiday baskets. Beloved Vermont singer/songwriter Jon Gailmor will make his annual performance at the Bixby at 11 a.m. The library will host more singing at 1 p.m. when the women’s a cappella singing group Maiden Vermont performs.
There’s more music at the opera house courtesy of the Champlain Brass Quintet and the Victory Baptist Choir
The stroll culminates a little after darkness falls with the lighting of City Park and the Memory Tree. The Addison County Gospel Choir will lead the caroling. Check out the full schedule for exact times and places.
In addition to these events, the Holiday Stroll kicks off a week-long collection of food items for the Vergennes Community Food Shelf. Several area businesses are collection points for non-perishable food items. Items will be collected between Dec. 6 and 13.

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