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Frank Ferry: Celebrate holidays in Old Town Newhall

Posted: November 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

The holidays are here and a host of festive opportunities perfectly suited to the season are available in Old Town Newhall.

From specialty retail stores to holiday events, Old Town Newhall offers a variety of activities and programs starting this weekend that people of all ages can enjoy.

The festivities kick off Sunday as the Metrolink Holiday Toy Express makes a stop in Santa Clarita to share a holiday performance and collect donations for the “Spark of Love Toy Drive.”

Hosted from 7-7:30 p.m., the free event will include a live hip-hop-themed show and a 450-ton decorated train with 50,000 twinkling lights.

Help spread holiday cheer by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the Jan Heidt Newhall Metrolink Station, located at 24300 Railroad Ave. All toys will be collected by Santa, Mrs. Claus and their friends aboard the glittering Toy Express.

In anticipation of the train’s arrival, carolers from the Canyon Theatre Guild will treat the crowd to holiday music, while the Old Town Newhall Association hands out complimentary hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies.

The fun continues on Dec. 1, with the Literacy and Arts Festival, hosted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library, located at 24500 Main St.

The popular event will showcase theater groups, authors and creative activities promoting the importance of literacy and arts for residents of all ages.

A book swap will also be available for guests who bring a gently used book with them. Full of entertainment, education and activities, the festival will also spotlight art and writing submissions from local students.

For more information visit scveducationfoundation.org.

The following weekend, community members can celebrate the holiday season and Bill Hart’s 148th birthday enjoying the Cowboys and Carols concert at the William S. Hart Museum on Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.

This year’s event includes an acoustic performance by Cow Bop and tours of the mansion, which will be decorated for the holidays. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 661-222-9542 or visit FriendsofHartPark.org.

Hart Park will also be the site of the Hart Holiday Boutique and Craft Fair, taking place Dec. 8, and Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free, two-day event offers a variety of unique, hand-crafted items that make great holiday gifts. For more information, call 661-259-1750.

On Dec. 15, the Old Town Newhall Association and Newhall Bicycle Co. will host Newhall Lights. Participants will enjoy pedaling through Newhall on festively decorated bicycles while viewing homes decorated in holiday lights.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Newhall Bicycle Company, located at 24261 Main St.

The holiday excitement continues on Main Street as the city hosts its free, monthly “Senses” event on Dec. 20, from 7-11 p.m.

The December “Winter Folly” theme will include festive décor, live music, food trucks, specialty drinks and event promotions from local shops and restaurants perfectly suited for the holiday season. To learn more about Senses, visit SensesonMain.com.

Throughout November and December, residents can also enjoy live holiday performances at theatres in Old Town Newhall. The Repertory East Playhouse is featuring “Moonlight and Magnolias” through Dec. 15, while the Canyon Theatre Guild is showing the holiday classic “White Christmas” through Dec. 22. Visit CanyonTheatre.org and RepertoryPlayhouse.org for show times and ticket information.

In addition to these events and activities, the Old Town Newhall Library is offering a variety of workshops and programming in November and December for the whole family. You can learn more about upcoming events at the Old Town Newhall Library by visiting SantaClaritaLibrary.com.

For more information visit MyNewMainStreet.com.

Mayor Frank Ferry is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at fferry@santa-clarita.com.

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