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Don’t Miss Owego’s ‘Lights on the River’ Festival Tonight

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This is without a doubt, my favorite time of the year. I love Christmastime. I love baking and shopping and decorating and spending time with family and friends, but most of all, I love visiting outdoor festivals. If you do too, the place to be tonight is definitely the Village of Owego.

Owego will come to life with twinkling lights, activities for kids young and old, musical entertainment and a fireworks show at the end of the night with the The ‘Lights on the River’ festival.

The fun kicks off at 5:30pm with the ‘Countdown for Christmas Lights’ in Courthouse Square. At exactly 5:59pm, Santa will flip the switch that will light up the village for the holiday season.

Most restaurants and shops in the village will be open for business. Enjoy a BBQ at the Owego Elks or stop by a table and pick up some holiday food from a non-profit organization. There will even be hot chocolate, hot cider, soup and more.

We are expecting to get some snow tonight so plans could change, but as long as the weather holds out, the kids will be able to see  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Gateway Community Park deck.  If the weather turns ugly, you’ll be able to take the kids to see them  at The Goat Boy Coffee Shop on Front St.  Also, if the weather doesn’t get too bad, your kids will be able to enjoy some activities at the Gateway Community Park deck. A kid’s craft project will be held at the Black Cat Gallery on Front Street.

New this year will be the Big Snowzilla Toboggan Ride at the First Niagra parking lot as well as a Gingerbread House Workshop for ages five and up at the Tioga County Council on the Arts on Front Street. But you need to know that pre-registration is required for this activity, so if you want to reserve a spot, you’ll need to call 607-687-0785.

You’ll also be able to enjoy music through the village, ice sculptor Mark Watson, the new EvangeCube presenting in front of VanHorn Jewelers on Lake Street, the Cruisin’ Car Buddies lighted car parade (begins at 6 pm at the County Office Building on Main Street), Horse and wagon rides, pet alpacas in the Courthouse Square, a juggler and magician and so, so much more.

If you’re planning to attend the ‘Lights on the River’ festival you need to know that Lake Street and Front Street between Church and Court will be closed from 4pm-9pm. No on street parking will be allowed in the area. Also, fireworks are scheduled for 8pm from Draper Park. At that time, the Court Street Bridge, Park Street and Court Street will be closed to traffic until the end of the fireworks and officials give the go-ahead to travel those roads.

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