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Live animals at the 2012 Christmas Stroll. Courtesy photo.




Deerfield Fair Christmas Stroll

Where: Deerfield Fairground, 34 Stage Road
When: Saturday, Dec. 5, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $2 for children, $5 for adults
Visit: facebook.com/DeerfieldFair




Fair day for a stroll
Deerfield fairground gets decked out for Christmas Stroll

12/03/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



If you missed the Deerfield Fair this fall, there’s still one more opportunity to join the fun. On Saturday, Dec. 5, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., the fairground will come alive with holiday lights, music, food, kids’ activities and more for the Deerfield Fair Christmas Stroll.

“We don’t have [a holiday event] like this in [Deerfield] so we thought it’d be nice to have something at the fairground,” said Alexandra Briggs, a member of the Deerfield Fair volunteer event committee. “We did [a] Christmas Stroll in 2012, and there’s been a demand for the past few years to have it again, so this year we were able to put it on again.”
People can purchase tickets ($2 for children, $5 for adults) on event day at the fairground ticket booth. All activities at the stroll are free with admission.
Wander through the Winter Wonderland of holiday lights and displays, designed by local clubs, schools, community organizations and businesses for the Christmas Stroll decorating contest. Strollers can vote for their favorite displays to win the People’s Choice Award, which includes a $250 prize for the creators.
Kids of all ages can stop by Santa’s Workshop to make holiday crafts and write letters to Santa. There will be coloring sheets and simple crafts for young children, and more advanced crafts for older children, like paper wreaths, reindeer puppets and Santa masks.
After you write Santa a letter, you can hand-deliver it to him at his post next to the antique fire trucks. Pictures with Santa are available for purchase (5$), but no purchase is required to sit and visit with him.
Other stroll festivities include a live manger with real animals, horse-drawn hayrides around the fairground (5 to 8 p.m.) and holiday music sing-alongs with performing carolers.
“This year’s [Christmas Stroll] is different… and has more than the first year,” Briggs said. “We’re trying to add onto it with more lights and entertainment and music, just trying to make it a little bigger and better.”
There will be several indoor “warming stations” throughout the fairground where people can escape the cold and enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies.
Outdoor food vendors will be selling the typical fair food like hot dogs and hamburgers as well as some seasonal treats like apple crisp.
You can do some holiday shopping at the indoor craft fair, featuring 30 vendors with one-of-a-kind gifts, from handknit scarves to handcrafted body lotions.
Wreaths and fresh-cut balsam and fraser Christmas trees from J&F Farms will be for sale. Trees range from 4 to 9 feet in height and cost between $25 and $65.
Donations for Toys for Tots and the Food Pantry will also be collected at the stroll.
“The family theme we go for with the fair, we’re trying to do the same thing for the Christmas Stroll,” Briggs said. “[We] try to keep it traditional … and keep it [about] the magic of Christmas with Santa and the animals and the lights.”  





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