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BY: Rikki Cason | November 04, 2012

Lockport’s holiday celebration will expand this year with Christmas on the Canal.

This two-day event will feature a number of events and attractions and bring both the City and Town of Lockport together.

On Nov. 24, the City of Lockport will hold an authors’ book fair from noon to 4 p.m. at the Erie Canal Discovery Center.

At 6 p.m. a lighted parade will take place. The parade will begin at Ida Fritz Park and end at Charles Street at the library parking lot.

Entrees are still needed for the parade and are open to anyone. Organizations, businesses, civic groups, schools, churches and individuals/families can participate by decorating a vehicle and/or float.

There is no entry fee to participate in the parade.

Organizer Jay Krull said people can simply decorate their vehicle with battery powered holiday lights, window clings, wreaths and other holiday themed decorations. A banner with the organization/business name will also be provided upon request.

Candy may be handed out — not thrown — and businesses and organizations can hand out flyers.

Those interested in participating can download an entry from at www.christmasonthecanal.com or call 609-0433.

After the parade, festivities continues at Lockport’s Historic Palace Theatre. From 7 to 8 p.m. Christmas carols and entertainment will be provided from the cast of “Scrooge” and local singers Brian and Cindy will also perform.

Following the carols at 8 p.m. will be a free showing of “The Polar Express.”

On Nov. 25, the Town of Lockport will hold their Winter Wonderland celebration from noon to 3 p.m. at Day Road Park.

Santa will arrive at the Christmas Cottage, there will be horse drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate and treats.

The park’s light display will also be turned on during the event. Ornaments are also currently on sale for $15, with all proceeds going to help support Christmas on the Canal. The special 2012 logo ornament was designed by local graphic designer/artist Vax Liu.

Ornaments will be on sale at the Erie Canal Discovery Center, Niagara History Center, Halls Apple Farm, Mills Jewelers, Shamus Restaurant, Gould’s Flowers, Gould’s Christmas in the City, K.M. Treats and the Palace Theatre.

As another fund-raiser, a set of holiday greeting cards will be on sale featuring the works of four local artists, Jack DiMaggio, Terry Mangan, Manning McCandlish and Joe Whalen.

The cards will be revealed during the Niagara Art Trail weekend Nov. 16 through Nov. 18. There, people can order cards and for an additional fee have them personalized. After the event, packs of eight cards — two of each design — will be available to purchase.

For more information about all events visit www.christmasonthecanal.com.

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