Santa Claus to kickoff annual Holidays Around the Ranch on Friday

jajones1@bradenton.comDecember 12, 2012 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Anyone planning to attend the sixth-annual Holidays Around the Ranch 6-9 p.m. Friday better watch out, better not cry, and most importantly, better not be late.

Santa Claus is coming to town, set to enter Lakewood Ranch Main Street at 6 p.m. on a horse-drawn carriage, decorated in white lights and garland to start the festivities, said Lori Basilone, community activities manager.

Shortly after -- at 6:15 p.m. sharp, choir members from Harvest United Methodist Church are scheduled to sing carols around the big Christmas tree on Main Street.

At 6:30 p.m., the lights on the tree will be turned on as caroling continues.

"It's a fun thing. We hope people will join in with us," said tenor Ron Case.

The carols will be familiar to the public, said Dave Lewis, choir director. "We tried to pick carols that we thought people would

know and would be willing to sing along with us."

Also planned Friday are lots of activities for children:

n Outdoor skating on an acrylic rink.

n Sugar cookie decorating.

n A trackless train.

n Making button wreaths.

Also planned are live musical and dance performances. There is no admission charge.

Traditional holiday treats, such as hot cocoa and eggnog, will be available for purchase from street vendors.

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 941-745-7021 or tweet @jajones1

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