Home for the Holidays begins Sunday, Nov. 20

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:09

WARWICK — The Warwick Merchant Guild and participating merchants are kicking off the holiday season on Sunday, Nov. 20, with a downtown festive event from noon until 5 p.m. It’s the beginning of the annual celebration of Home for the Holidays and visitors will find most downtown shops decorated for the season and offering “open house” events with refreshments and special offers. To get everyone in the holiday spirit, there will be various fun events throughout the downtown area including music and song. The Warwick Valley Chorale will be strolling the streets singing traditional Christmas carols from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Future Farmers of America and the local Girl Scout troops will be selling bakes goods. There will be free horse and buggy rides traveling through the village. And the traditional Angle Tree will be 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. Throughout the celebration other local organizations will be joining in to play music, sell refreshments, and bring holiday cheer to downtown Warwick. Every weekend free horse and buggy rides will available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., courtesy of generous sponsors. Also, the Merchant Guild will feature the “12 Days of Christmas,” on the Home for the Holidays Facebook page where local businesses will highlight special gifts and items available in their shops.