Holiday Treasure Express Parade Saturday in Margaretville

The Holiday Treasure Express Parade, with more than 35 floats and marching acts, will step off on Main Street Margaretville this Saturday, Nov. 28 at 3:30 p.m. to ignite your holiday spirit. You’ll want to be in town well before the parade gets underway, because there is plenty of fun and lots of great shopping deals to be had before the parade leads everyone to a grand holiday celebration at the Village Pavilion.
Main Street Margaretville merchants will be welcoming you this Saturday with hot cocoa and cookies and enticing you to “Shop Local,” with specials deals that are valid through January 3. They will have coupons on hand, but you will also find the coupons as an insert in this edition of the Catskill Mountain News. The holiday cheer comes to life on Main Street at 12:30 p.m., with handcrafts for kids sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild at the Commons building, and at 2 p.m., a tree lighting at the MARK Project Amphitheater and caroling led by members of the Community Chorale under the direction of Richard Tucker at Binnekill Square.
You’ll still have plenty of time to choose a prime spot along Main Street for the 3:30 parade. “Step off” will be at Margaretville Central School, with more than 30 floats and marching groups, all created and led by local businesses and community groups, to launch your holiday season. Of course, there will be a cameo appearance by St. Nick himself, who will lead everyone to the Village Pavilion and Park behind Freshtown grocery for more fun. All the floats will be on display there, so you can enjoy an up-close, leisurely look at all the creativity and detail that went into this year’s parade.
At the pavilion, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children, hear their holiday wishes and pose for photos (which are offered for a minimal fee to cover photo supplies.) At dusk (5:15 p.m), music and lighting of the village tree will bring more holiday magic. Vendors will be hawking their holiday gift wares and there’ll be plenty of good eats to enjoy on the spot until 6:30 p.m. Winter accessories, including hats, gloves and other cozy attire, jewelry, maple syrup, and Quarltere’s greenery and decorations will provide lots of choices to jumpstart your holiday shopping.
Watching a parade always works up an appetite, and there will be pies from Freshtown Marketplace, hot beverages and soup by Ed’s Dog House, hot dogs, a local cheese tasting table sponsored by the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE), and some Mexican spice to warm you up from La Cabana, including enchiladas, tacos and salsas.
To learn more or get your Main Street holiday coupons, visit or call the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce at 845 586-3300. You can also visit the Holiday Treasure Express online at: holidaytreasureexpress.com. Event sponsors include La Cabana Restaurant, The Roxbury Motel, Mike Mathis Productions, The MARK Project, Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, Catskill Community Garden Club, Quarltere’s Garden Center, Main Care Energy, Hubbell Brothers, and Rosehedge Farm - Randy & Lucci Kelly. Public Restaurant & Lounge in Roxbury is offering $5 off throughout the weekend to guests with a receipt from any local Main Street vendor.
The event is funded in part by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation.