The spirit of the holidays was virtually everywhere last weekend in Gaylordsville.

The New Milford hamlet celebrated the season with a wide variety of activities:

The United Methodist Church on Route 7 hosted its Christmas fair with offerings including handmade crafts, ornaments, cheese, jewelry and baked goods, a cookie walk, a silent auction and children's activities.

The Merwinsville Hotel opened its "Christmas in Gaylordsville" festivities decorated from stem to stern for the occasion.

Among the highlights are a display of nutcrackers, Santa Clauses, Christmas villages, snow globes and trains.

A reception offered caroling and music by the Loco Fedora Barbershop Quartet.

The Gaylordsville Historical Society held an open house at the Little Red Schoolhouse on Gaylord Road with gifts available for purchase and refreshments to satisfy the palate.

The Gaylordsville Volunteer Fire Department and its ladies' auxiliary hosted a ham dinner at the firehouse, where the community Christmas tree was lighted.

The Oratory of the Little Way hosted a holiday open house with live music and caroling.

A life-sized crèche, created by the Elsessers, was lighted for the season at the Elsessers' home on Gaylord Road.

The crèche is lit every evening from 5 to 11 p.m. except Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Eve, when it will be lit until 1 a.m.

Photography by Trish Haldin