5 Things Friday: Dec. 14

Now that we are half way through the month, you likely fall into one of two categories. You’ve either successfully completed all holiday decorating, shopping, card mailing and cookie baking and you’re sitting pretty waiting for the snow to fall. Or, you’re like us and have yet to purchase more than two presents, continue adding ornaments to the Christmas tree on a daily basis and still aren’t finished, and haven’t even thought about what cookies you’re bringing to next week’s office luncheon. Either way, take some time out this weekend to check out the flurry of events happening throughout the north country, whether it’s a relaxing concert for a few hours, or watching a holiday classic at the library.

1.) “A Holiday Celebration.” All week we’ve been driving by the Dulles State Office Building’s event board on Washington Street reading about the “Holiday Celebration” concert being performed at 7:30 p.m. tonight by the Orchestra of Northern New York. Not only will you hear the sounds of the orchestra, but more than 100 north country high school chorus members will be performing alongside, for a magical concert experience that’s sure to impress. Not in Watertown? Don’t worry, there is a 7:30 p.m. performance Saturday at Massena High School and a 3 p.m. Sunday performance at Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam. The program for the concert includes classical favorites like the “Nutcracker Suite,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and Berlin’s “White Christmas,” among others. Visit www.onny.org for ticket information and availability.

2.) Movies at the library. Starting Saturday at 10 a.m., the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library community room in Watertown will be showing the children’s favorite “Frosty the Snowman.” The movie is free, as is the accompanying snowman craft that follows. For a little more laughter, visit the library at 2:30 p.m. for a screening of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” which is likely one of funniest Christmas movies, ever. Free hot cocoa and popcorn accompany “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” For information, contact the library at 785-7709.

3.) Christmas carousel. Downtown Saranac Lake is a perfect destination for a winter weekend, and starting at 2 p.m. Sunday the Adirondack Carousel will be offering free rides. For those who’ve never visited the carousel, it was a labor of love for the Saranac Lake community and Adirondack Park lovers, who came together to raise more than a million dollars over 12 years to build the carousel, which is now a cultural hub that is not only fun for children, but educational. On Sunday, Chef David Hunt will be on hand to help children and parents build free gingerbread houses to take home for a seasonal treat. For information, call 1 (518) 891-9521.

4.) Who doesn’t love lights? At sun-down Saturday Lisbon’s Lights on the River kicks-off it’s nightly light show every night from 5 to 9 p.m. until Dec. 23. Visit the Lisbon Community Beach for the third annual event, which last year raised more than $12,000 for local charities. Admission is free to the lights spectacular, but donations are accepted in monetary form or in the form of non-perishable foods. Continuing this weekend at the Thompson Park Zoo in Watertown are the Winter Weekend Wonderlands from Friday-Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. and going until 9 p.m. The zoo has been transformed into a lighted holiday wonderland with displays throughout zoo grounds and exhibits. Admission to the zoo events is $3 for adults; $2 for children and children ages 3 and younger are free.

5.) Nothing like a sing-along. The Trinity Concert Series continues at 3 p.m. Sunday with “‘Tis the Season” performed by the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Trinity Episcopal Church Chancel Choir, conducted by Richard Probert and organ accompaniment by Kyle P. Ramey. Performances include the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” and an audience sing-along. This is the last scheduled Trinity Concert Series performance until February. Tickets range from $12 to $16. Visit www.trinityconcerts.org for information.