Also on both weekends at the same times, a historically authentic Santa Claus will be in residence next to the period fireplace in the Jean Hasbrouck House, posed and ready for visitors. Come have your picture taken with Santa for a timeless memento: a photograph taken by a France Menk, a terrific professional photographer familiar with the interesting backdrops that the house interiors offer. Every picture will be inserted in a replicated card from the Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) vintage holiday card collection for $15 for the first photo, $5 for each additional photo. Also available, HHS will have your image reproduced as holiday cards at Rite Aid. Santa will be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A special holiday candlelight tour of the sumptuously decorated Deyo House will also dazzle and inspire. On three consecutive Saturdays, November 27, December 4 and 11, visitors can get a glimpse of how an affluent New Paltz family would have celebrated Christmas in the early 20th century and learn about how Christmas came to be the holiday we know and love today, focusing on the special role that New York and the Hudson Valley played in making this tradition come alive. The house tour runs from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for Friends of Huguenot Street. For further information about these and other events at Historic Huguenot Street call (845) 255-1660 or visit www.huguenotstreet.org.