Home for the Holidays launched Sunday, Nov. 24

Warwick. Heavy rain throughout the day causes low turnout.

26 Nov 2019 | 12:17

Last year snow on Railroad Green, leftover from an early storm, served as an appropriate backdrop for downtown Warwick’s annual celebration of Home for the Holidays.

The Merchant Guild, participating merchants and shoppers would have welcomed that same scene this year. But on Sunday, Nov. 24, they were faced with a heavy downpour of cold rain, the first time in recent memory, that lasted most of the day.

Nevertheless many of the downtown shops were decorated for the season and featured special offers and events.

And to get everyone in the holiday spirit, some brave members of the Warwick Valley Chorale strolled along Main Street and Railroad Avenue, stopping at many of the shops and restaurants, singing traditional Christmas carols.

Horse and buggy rides return Dec. 7

Unfortunately, Sean Giery and his team of Percherons depend on reasonably good weather and did not arrive for their much anticipated free horse and buggy rides through the village.

But, weather permitting, beginning Dec. 7, they will be stationed on Railroad Avenue offering those rides every weekend until Christmas.

The Merchant Guild had long been planning the popular event and they still 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.

Home for the Holidays also offers an opportunity to support the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry with the traditional Angel Tree on Main St. between Akin’s Drug Store and Newhard’s Gift Shop, which encourages and provides a way to donate Christmas gifts for the needy.

Shop local, shop small business

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.

Also, remember that this Saturday, Nov. 30, is “Small Business Saturday,” a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.

- Roger Gavan