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Recapturing the holiday spirit with old-fashioned, family activities is the idea behind this year's Hamburgh Holidays, which kicks off with the annual parade at 11 a.m. Saturday in the village.

"The Hamburgh Holidays Committee works hard to spread the magic of the season," said Melissa Stoddard, co-chairwoman of the committee, which uses the old-fashioned spelling of the village. "We have developed a fun-filled celebration for all generations of the family to enjoy together."

The parade will begin the parking lot of Union Pleasant Elementary School and proceed down Center Street to Main Street, east to Buffalo Street and then north on Buffalo Street to the Village Square.

Other events include:

Dedication of the Advent calendar and lighting of the star at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Peace Park on Buffalo Street, followed by Wassail Night and entertainment at the Village Square.

The Sno Ball on Dec. 4 at Brierwood Country Club. Tickets are on sale in the Youth Center.

Breakfast With Santa from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at the American Legion Hall, Memorial Drive.

Dedication of the Nativity scene at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in Memorial Park, followed by caroling and refreshments.

The house decorating contest will take place from Dec. 11 to 17. Entry forms are available at Expressions flower shop, the Sun, Village Hall and Hunt Realty.

Open house at the Dunn House, S-5902 Gowanda State Road, 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12.

Tea Time at Christmas at the Boies-Lord House, 5853 South Park Ave., 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12.

Open house and magic show at the Hamburg Fire Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 18.

Lighting the Way supplies will be on sale at the Tops market on South Park Avenue from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23.

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