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By Mary Heyl

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the historic village of Randolph, which lies just 20 miles south of Ellicottville.

Girls, moms, aunts and grandmas are invited to make new holiday memories at Randolph’s My Doll and Me: A Christmas Tea on Sunday, November 29. Then, bring the whole family to Randolph during the weekend of December 4 and 5 for Randolph’s Country Christmas weekend.

On Sunday, November 29 at the Randolph Library, the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC) is hosting My Doll and Me: A Christmas Tea. Girls ages 5 through 12 are invited to bring their American Girl doll (or other favorite doll) and spend the afternoon with family and friends to enjoy tea, lunch, an educational presentation and Christmas activities. Shop the doll boutique, win prizes, and enter to win the grand prize drawing for the newest “Be Forever American Girl Doll,” named Maryellen Larkin, whose decade is the 1950s.

There are two tea times: 12-2 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for girls. All proceeds benefit the RACDC. To make reservations for your preferred time, call Mary at (716) 358-9701 ext. 208 or email racdc@randolphny.net. You won’t want to miss this fun afternoon!

On Friday, December 4, Randolph begins Country Christmas weekend with the Memory Tree Ceremony in the triangle park at 7:30 p.m. Purchase a memory tree ornament now through December 3 to honor a loved one’s memory, or celebrate the life of someone special to you. All names will be read aloud and honored at the ceremony, and ornaments will decorate Randolph’s Christmas tree throughout the season. Memory Tree ornaments are $5 each and can be purchased online at http://enjoyrandolph.org/events/country-christmas/.

On Saturday, Dec. 5, Randolph’s Christmas Parade, sponsored and organized by Expressions Performing Arts Center, takes place at 11 a.m., when Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their official arrival in Randolph! The parade begins at Randolph’s First Baptist Church on Main Street and will continue downtown to Wadsworth Street.

Children are invited to see Santa and Mrs. Claus immediately following the parade at the Randolph Library. At the library, children can get their passport for the Snowflake Walk, which directs families to the different businesses downtown where children can pick up a small Christmas treat.

Throughout the afternoon, horse-drawn carriages, sponsored by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, will leave from the library and take families around downtown Randolph. As families make their way downtown, they can head to the Randolph Central School gymnasiums for the Annual Craft Show, which starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This is a great place to find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts!

Throughout the weekend, the East Randolph United Methodist Church will present its Living Nativity. Friday’s and Saturday’s performances begin at 7 p.m. at the church, and Saturday’s Living Nativity will feature a live camel!

Stay up-to-date on Randolph’s Christmas events by following Enjoy Randolph on Facebook and visiting www.EnjoyRandolph.org. For more information about upcoming holiday events, contact the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation at (716) 358-9701 ext. 208 or email racdc@randolphny.net.

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