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NORTH TONAWANDA – Instead of just shopping after Thanksgiving, the Herschell Carrousel Museum will offer a weekend holiday kickoff from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. Visitors will have a chance to learn about Christmas traditions in the late 1800s, changes in holiday traditions and local contributions at the museum at 180 Thompson St.

Crafts for kids will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 29. In addition to crafts, there is a holiday tour at 1 p.m.; both are included with paid admission of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 2 to 16.

Lunch with Santa will follow at 11 a.m. Nov. 30. Tickets are $10 per person and include Santa on the Carrousel activities. Registration and prepayment required. Santa on the Carrousel is from noon to 3 p.m., cost is $6 per person. No coupons or passes for either of these events.

A Victorian Ornament Workshop will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m., $10 for ages 16 and up, Dec. 1. Advance registration and prepayments are required by Nov. 29. There will also be a holiday tour at 1 p.m., which is free with paid admission.

The museum is also open throughout the holiday season, noon to 4 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays; crafts and decoration activities are included with admission. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Closed for the season starting Dec. 31.

For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, visit www.carrouselmuseum.org or contact at 693-1885 or info@carrouselmuseum.org.