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December 6, 2013

Lewiston ready for Christmas Walk

Niagara Gazette — It's a busy weekend in Lewiston as the Lower Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce kicks off the holiday season with the much-anticipated arrival of a jolly fat man and its annual Christmas Walk.

Santa Claus comes to town today and he'll once again step out not on a sleigh with reindeer, but a helicopter landing in the heart of Academy Park.

In what has become tradition in Lewiston, the arrival usually brings smiles to all faces gathered to watch. Even the young-at-heart, chamber President Jennifer Pauly said.

"There's something magical when you see the helicopter come and land and Santa gets out," she said. "No matter how many times you see it, it's mesmerizing. It's just amazing to see the excitement on all the faces of the children. It's really exciting for everybody, for those young at heart as well."

Santa arrives promptly at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and, once he's greeted the crowd, will be whisked away to the Lewiston Peace Garden, located behind the Little Yellow House in the 400 block of Center Street, to sit down with the many boys and girls he'll visit later this month.

While this is certainly a highlight of the events today, it's not the only aspect. There's a number of activities, including a petting zoo from noon to 3 p.m., free carriage rides from noon to 4 p.m. and a tasty treat for crafty folks sponsored by Habitat for Humanity all afternoon behind The Brickyard Pub on Center Street.

Christmas walking isn't just for youngsters, though. Throughout the village's business district, there will be plenty of sales during the two-day event, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both today and Sunday.

Pauly said the sales are great for shoppers coming in, especially those there to see the big guy with their youngsters.

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