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Lake Placid holds annual Holiday Village Stroll

December 12, 2017
By GRIFFIN KELLY - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - This past weekend, Dec. 8-10, Lake Placid hosted its annual Holiday Village Stroll, an event celebrating the holiday season with activities for families and businesses.

The event was organized by the Lake Placid Business Association.

Three prominent festivities Sunday were the breakfast with Santa at the Mirror Lake Inn, horse-drawn carriage rides down Main Street and free ski passes to anyone dressed up like Santa at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.

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From left, Jerry Krug, Aubrey Trudeau, Ava Krug, Laurie Krug and Hadley Trudeau pose with Santa Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Mirror Lake Inn during the Holiday Village Stroll in Lake?Placid.
(News photo — Griffin Kelly)


Breakfast with Santa

The Mirror Lake Inn hosted a breakfast with Santa Sunday morning.

Families ate their omelets and drank hot cocoa while kids got a chance to sit on Santa's lap and have their pictures taken.

Representative of the 38th district in the New York State Senate David Carlucci and his relatives were just one of the many families staying at the inn this weekend.

Carlucci's parents, Barbara and Richard, said they've been vacationing in Lake Placid for the past 25 years, and it's a tradition they're passing down through the generations.

The Holiday Village Stroll is one of the many reasons they keep coming back.

"We just love it up here," Richard said. "We enjoy the scenery and it's not too far for a little R&R."


Skiing Santas

Whiteface Mountain offered free day passes to anyone dressed up like Santa on Sunday.

More than 480 skiers and snowboarders donned bushy beards and red suits with white trim, according to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates the ski center.

Bob Emery of Philipsburgh, New Jersey has been skiing for over 35 years. His wife, Michelle, a seamstress who also manages a Men's Warehouse, made Emery's Santa costume out of a recycled bath robe.

"Where else can you go and get a free ski pass as Santa?" he said.


Carriage rides

The folks and horses from Paul Smith's College participated in the Holiday Village Stroll by offering free carriage rides down Main Street.

A line of about 50 people stretched down the sidewalk near Mid's Park.

Lady, 16, and Fee, 21, are a mother-daughter team of Canadian chunks, the national horse of Canada. Lady always pulls from the left and Fee always from the right; it's part of their training.

Chunks are a little bit smaller than other Canadian breeds and are nicknamed "little iron horses," according to Project Coordinator Lydia Wright.

Behind the reins was Brett McLeod, the barn manager at Paul Smith's College.

After each carriage ride, Assistant Barn Manager Sara Dougherty would feed Lady and Fee some hay and give them commands.

"The horses are bilingual," Dougherty said. "They can take verbal commands in both English and French. Some people think I'm talking to myself, but I'm really communicating with the horses."

This is the first year the horses at Paul Smith's College took part in the stroll, and Dougherty said it was a great experience. They hope to do again next year.

"The kids are super smiley and loving it," she said. "It really gets you in the mood for the holidays."



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