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Altamont a holiday hot spot

Community group to host annual Victorian celebration

Altamont Community Tradition’s 12th annual Victorian Holidays Celebration will be held Sunday, Dec. 15, from noon to 6 p.m.

Altamont Community Tradition’s 12th annual Victorian Holidays Celebration will be held Sunday, Dec. 15, from noon to 6 p.m.

IF YOU GO

• What: Victorian Holidays Celebration

• When: Dec. 15, noon-6 p.m.

• Where: Various locations in Altamont

• How much: Free, $10 for trolley house tour

• Info: Altamont Community Tradition’s Facebook page

— Even the most stubborn holiday Scrooge will likely have a hard time not finding something to warm up their holiday spirit during this year’s holiday celebration in Altamont.

The village will be transformed into a festive hot spot during Altamont Community Tradition’s 12th annual Victorian Holidays Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 15, from noon to 6 p.m. Four Victorian and period homes in the village will welcome visitors for house tours, along with the additional featured tour of Breitenbach Castle.

One of the new attractions is a winter market featuring more than 15 vendors offering an array of goods. Santa will ride in on the Holiday Train as everyone gathers to light the village’s holiday trees.

Judith Dineen, president of Altamont Community Tradition, said the holiday event brings the community together and is geared towards being family-friendly. All of the money raised goes towards supporting the not-for-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the community’s character. The organization also supports local businesses and families.

“We offer things that families can go to, which I think is very important,” Dineen said. “We are very kid-friendly, and this year we even got pets involved.”

Agway, located at 106 Prospect Terrace, will be holding a dog and cat holiday costume contest, with dogs at noon and cats an hour later. While pets are at the store, there will be an opportunity to get their picture taken with Santa, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations received for the photos will benefit the Altamont Fire Department.

Dineen said previously the contest was held in Orsini Park, and one time there were a group of dogs dressed up as reindeers on a sled.

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