JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Johnstown Colonia Stroll & Holiday Parade is being held on Friday, December 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. The holiday parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m., and culminate with the arrival of Santa Claus, who will be available for pictures with children in Sir William Johnson Park on West Main Street after the tree lighting.

Eventgoers can stroll around the downtown area throughout the night to do some shopping, and enjoy dining at local restaurants and entertainment in downtown venues. Here is a list of things to do during the Colonial Stroll:

  • Gary Van Slyke will perform colonial music at Vishnu Music at 18 W. Main St. at 5 p.m. There will also be a yarn-spinning demonstration by Samantha Zimmerman after the parade.
  • Magician John Hoffman will perform shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Howard Hanna’s Real Estate Office on 3 Church St. There will be free hot chocolate, candy, and cookies.
  • The Johnstown Historical Society Museum at 17 N. William St. will be open for guests and serving refreshments. This will also be an Office for Aging shuttle pick-up and drop-off location to and from Johnson Hall.
  • Liaisons Plaisantes will be forming 18th-century music at the Johnson Hall State Historic Site at 139 Hall Ave. The site will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. with free Fulton Co. Office for Aging shuttle rides to and from the Johnstown Historical Society Museum. Refreshments will be served at Johnson Hall. There will also be three raffles. Prizes include a basket of gourmet gingerbread cookies by Martha Stewart’s Wendy Kromer, which includes a signed copy of Martha Stewart’s Wedding Cakes cookbook, which Kromer co-authored, colonial centerpieces from the hall, and a basket of cookies and a family heritage cookbook featuring recipes 200 years old. Tickets will be $5 or 3 for $12.
  • Johnstown High School will be performing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 1 N. Market St. After the parade, bagpiper Gary McCoy will perform some traditional holiday songs there. There will also be a Tiny Art show, free popcorn, and hot chocolate, with caroling in the church following McCoy’s performance.
  • Singer and songwriter Deb Cavanaugh will be performing holiday/winter-themed music from 7 to 8 p.m. at Home Flavor LLC at 18 N. Market St.
  • A variety of Nativity sets will be on display at The First Presbyterian Church at 37 S. Market St. There will also be refreshments, music, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a thrift store.
  • McLemon’s women’s clothing boutique at 31-35 W. Main St. will be open and have store specials, free cookies, giveaways, and door prizes.
  • Mystery’s on Main Street at 144 W. Main St. will have guest reader Heidi Sprouse reading children’s holiday stories after the parade.
  • Toying Around at 17 W. Main St. will be open and holding raffles.