Colonial Stroll set Friday in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN – The city’s 16th annual Colonial Stroll will feature a tree lighting, sleigh rides and Santa Claus from 5:45 to 9 p.m. Friday downtown.

The event will feature fun for all ages, live music, free goodies and a live reindeer from the North Pole will be visiting.

“We will have a tree-lighting moment,” Mayor Sarah Slingerland said Monday. “A big special visitor is coming.”

Slingerland said many businesses will be open Friday night downtown during the duration of the Colonial City’s annual holiday celebration.

Third Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin, chairwoman of the city’s Tourism/Special Events Committee, said Monday the stroll will feature many activities.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Martin said. “We’re excited.”

Period dress is encouraged by all, and there will be horse-drawn sleigh rides given on the grounds of the Johnson Hall State Historic Site.

The center of activities for this year’s Colonial Stroll will be Sir William Johnson Park on West Main Street. “Dreamcatchers” will perform in front of the main tree at 5:45 p.m. From 6 to 8 p.m., Colonial and Victorian strolling will occur throughout the downtown area.

Slingerland will preside over the stroll’s traditional tree lighting ceremony at 6:15 p.m. A Live Nativity performance will be presented by New Covenant Community Church.

At 6:30 p.m., organizers said it will be “Here comes Santa Claus” time. Children will be able to visit with Santa and photos will be available for $5.

The “Colonial Trio” will offer a performance at 7:15 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

For those people needing a ride to events, there will be a shuttle service from 6 to 8 p.m. The service will be offered to and from Johnson Hall, with pickup on West Main Street – between North Market and North William streets.

The Johnstown Historical Society will also be open for tours and light refreshments.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at