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You don’t have to travel far to be transported back in time, when the simple pleasures of life consisted of a cup of steaming hot cocoa after building a snowman or being greeted by name by a local shopkeeper as you tend to your holiday shopping on Main St.  That’s the kind of warmth and nostalgia you can expect when visiting Orleans County.

We cordially invite you to shop Small Business Saturday November 25th where chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire in Historic Downtown Medina at the annual Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration and spectacular Parade of Lights. Its Currier & Ives meets “It’s a Wonderful Life” complete with horse-drawn wagon rides and piped in holiday music. A variety of family activities including a 5K run, cookie decorating, pet parade, visits with Santa and nostalgic movies from the past are scheduled along with craft vendors, tastings and a spectacular fireworks display preceding the Parade of Lights.  www.christmasinmedina.com.

Don your favorite winter PJs in preparation for a magical adventure on the Polar Express™ at the Medina Railroad Museum Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 25th to Dec. 17th. Create family memories caroling and storytelling during the hour-long journey to the “North Pole” where they will meet Santa and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Reservations can be made at www.medinarailroad.com.

Make plans to join the Cobblestone Society for a Christmas Tour of Historic Homes on December 2nd.  Many open houses will be included in this self-driving countywide tour which will feature a variety of building construction bedecked and bedazzled in holiday splendor further elevating your sense of nostalgia. www.cobblestonemuseum.org.

Albion provides more holiday cheer at their annual Hometown Holiday, December 9th complete with shopping, craft vendors, games, raffles and photos with Santa. Look for that unique gift created by local artisans, from the whimsical repurposed woodcrafts to the warmth of alpaca fibers. And, of course don’t forget to include Small Business Saturday, November 25th in Albion for your holiday shopping needs!

Simple pleasures beckon with the complex aromas of award-winning and sophisticated wines made from locally grown fruits along the Niagara Wine Trail. Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, Salamaca Estate Winery, Schwenk Wine Cellars and 810 Meadworks will be participating in “Share the Bounty”, November 10th-12th,an annual charitable event to benefit our food banks.  Receive a collectable wooden train ornament from each winery at “Holiday Happenings”, every Saturday and Sunday in December along the NWT.

To further enhance your wine tasting skills, Medina Business Association will host their annual Wine About Winter wine walk Feb. 3rd featuring several merchants serving up a variety of wines from around the world. www.medinabusiness.org. Make it a point to return in March when Albion hosts Sip & Stroll through History Wine Walk, March 3rd.

Nothing beats the winter blues more than an evening of lively music at the Lee-Whedon Library in Medina.  They host their annual “Finally Fridays” concert series beginning January 5th thru March 9thwww.leewhedon.org.

For a complete list of events and attractions, visit www.OrleansCountyTourism.com or call the Orleans County Tourism Office at 1-800-724-0314 and discover the warmth of Orleans County!