PHOTOS COURTESY OF STEVE HILLEBRAND AND ROBBY MORRIS
SAVE THE DATE: November 26 in Armonk
The annual homecoming of America’s favorite snowman, Frosty, will be held right here in Armonk on Sunday, November 26, the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.
The Frosty Day fun-filled family activities will be downtown Armonk at 12:30 p.m. with the annual Frosty Parade scheduled for 4 p.m. The parade will be followed by the annual holiday lighting ceremony at the gazebo in Wampus Brook Park.
The Frosty Parade is the only holiday-themed parade in the area and all activities are free to the public. Almost every business, shop and merchant in Armonk is involved somehow in Frosty Day; there are individual corporate sponsorships available for events and activities during the day and the parade.
There will be new activities and rides this year including more of the popular animated animals and the creation of an ice sculpture in the center of town. Favorites such as the miniature trains and horse-drawn wagons will be back again, along with dancers, singers, marching bands, magicians, clowns, elves, Santa and of course, Frosty. Shops and merchants will offer face-painting, frosting cookies, decorating holiday ornaments, refreshments, and making your own Frosty the Snowman to carry in the parade. A list of the times and places of events and activities are available on the Frosty website: armonkfrosty.com.
Events and activities will be held for three hours around town before the parade which will travel north on Main Street to Maple Avenue and then into Wampus Brook Park. Everyone is part of the parade, joining in at the end to help welcome Frosty home for the holidays.
More than 35 local and county-based groups and organizations will participate in this year’s Frosty Parade with floats, lights, dancing, costumes and music, going past the Historic District in downtown Armonk which was the inspiration for the “Village Square” where Frosty dared the children to “catch me if you can.” Steve Nelson, who was the lyricist of the classic holiday song, was a long-time resident of Armonk.
Friends of Frosty Inc., a non-profit group of local volunteers formed to oversee the day’s events, encourages visitors to Armonk to contribute to its “Help Frosty Help Others” campaign, with donations either in Frosty jars during the event, or with contributions to the Winter Warmth Project that collects outdoor jackets and gear for those in need. People can make clothing donations during a one-time drop-off of clothing items at North Castle Town Hall on Saturday, November 4th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The group’s president, Robby Morris, reminds us that “Frosty Day is an event that the town looks forward to every year. It’s a great time for everyone to come together and have some fun.”