The holidays open in Warwick

The Merchant Guild's Home for the Holidays launched Sunday, Nov. 22


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  • Photos by Roger Gavan The Warwick Valley Chorale strolled along Main Street and Railroad Avenue, stopping at many of the shops and restaurants, singing traditional Christmas carols.




  • Visitors crowded downtown shops, many of which were decorated for the season and offering þÄúopen houseþÄù events with free refreshments and special offers.




  • Sean Giery and his new team of Percherons, Jack and Bob, were in the village with their mascot þÄúButch,þÄù who enjoys riding shotgun. And there were long lines, which moved quickly, as visitors took advantage throughout the day of the free horse and buggy rides traveling through the village.




  • Free parking for the season




— There were gray skies and it was a little on the chilly side but on Sunday, Nov. 22, shopkeepers in downtown Warwick reported an excellent turnout for the annual celebration of Home for the Holidays.

The Merchant Guild and participating merchants had long been planning the popular event and they promise a bigger and better holiday season with a host of new ideas to encourage everyone to come on down, shop local and enjoy fun for the family.

Visitors crowded downtown shops, many of which were decorated for the season and offering "open house" events with free refreshments and special offers.

On a more somber note, a specially decorated Christmas tree, on display at Newhard's, was dedicated to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

To get everyone in the holiday spirit, however, there were music and fun events throughout the downtown area.

The Warwick Valley Chorale strolled along Main Street and Railroad Avenue, stopping at many of the shops and restaurants, singing traditional Christmas carols.

Sean Giery and his new team of Percherons, Jack and Bob, were in the village with their mascot "Butch," who enjoys riding shotgun. And there were long lines, which moved quickly, as visitors took advantage throughout the day of the free horse and buggy rides traveling through the village.

The day also offered an opportunity for non-profits.

The traditional Angel Tree, for example, which encourages gifts for the needy, has been displayed on Main Street between Akin's Drug Store and Newhard's Gift Shop.

Home for the Holidays, which traditionally begins just before Thanksgiving and ends after Christmas, is an annual celebration designed to present downtown Warwick as a fun and convenient place to do all your holiday shopping. And the Warwick merchants want everyone to know that they offer convenience, quality merchandise, special sales, friendly personalized service including gift-wrapping and, in most cases a "wish" list to make things easier for gift givers.

- Roger Gavan




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