Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce president Marty DeLaney said this year's holiday shopping season should be a good one because of the extended shopping time from Black Friday through Dec. 24 because of an early Thanksgiving.
"Local merchants feel positive about the fact there is a longer Christmas seasons this year to get their message out," DeLaney said.
The first ever parade during Holiday Open House is being organized by town Supervisor Jack Cunningham's office.
"The idea came up from a conversation I had with Terry Ritz, who restores antique fire trucks and was asked to participate in the town of Coeymans holiday parade," said Cunningham.
Delmar and Elsmere fire departments will also be in this year's parade.