This is without a doubt, my favorite time of the year. I love Christmastime. I love baking and I love shopping and I love decorating, but most of all, I love sending time with family and friends and what better way to celebrate the magic of the season than with an outdoor festival of lights?!?

The Village of 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 'Lights on the River' Festival on Friday, December 7th.

The fun kicks off at 4:00 p.m. with activities through town, and you definitely won't want to miss Santa's big flip switch, which will light up the village for the holiday season. That will happen at exactly 5:59 p.m. in Courthouse Square.

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

The kids will be able to see live reindeer and write a special letter to Santa. You'll also be able to enjoy music through the village, as well as a juggler! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making an appearance, too.

Many of the downtown Owego businesses will also be offering specials and discounts during Lights on the River and the night will end with a big fireworks display over the river at 8:00 p.m.

[via Historic Owego Marketplace]