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Week-long holiday event kicks off in Mills Nov. 27

The 12th Annual New York Mills Christmas Festival gets the holiday season underway with the Christmas Kick-Off on Friday, Nov. 27.

The Kick-Off runs 5-9 p.m. upstairs in City Hall and features the ever-growing in popularity Kids Cookie Decorating event courtesy of The Bake Shoppe. Cookie decorating takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The T.O.P.S. Bake Sale and Senior Arts & Crafts will both have booths set up during the festival. Also, the Senior Citizen's Center will host a Chili & Chowder Supper, 4-8 p.m., during the Kick-Off.

The City Hall Ballroom will be filled with decorated trees set up and donated by various individuals, businesses, civic groups, and organizations.

Tree viewing continues all week-Nov. 28 through Dec. 5-opening at noon each day. The Community Christmas Program is Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., with Santa flying in at 8 p.m. to visit with the children.

The Christmas Festival closes with the Community Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 5. The festival is open 12 noon to 7 p.m., and 9-10 p.m. Social hour for the party is at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. A dance will follow dinner with live music by the band Sapphire.

Admission to the festival is free and a donation to the NY Mills Area Food Shelf is encouraged. Silent auction proceeds benefit Santa Anonymous. The auction closes at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 during the Community Christmas Party.