'Tis the Season at Holiday Bake Sale and Tree Lighting at Union Depot

Cookies from Bars Bakery

Cookies from Bars Bakery

Oh, the holidays are coming? If things aren't festive enough just yet, crank up the yuletide joy this Saturday, December 6. Union Depot is throwing an old-fashioned holiday bash with all the things you need to get in the spirit -- and yes, you need cookies to get in the spirit.

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If you haven't already been to the depot, use this as a good excuse. The station's Waiting Room is a stunner of a space, all 1920s grandeur with high-domed ceilings painted in vintage golden tones. It's like something straight out of It's a Wonderful Life, and will become more so with historic as well as modern holiday decorations and musical performances.

Now, for the cookies. Baked by some of the finest bakeries our twin towns have among them -- the Buttered Tin, Bars Bakery, the Birchwood, Common Roots, and a dozen more -- these holiday treats will even include some nibbles from Sift Gluten Free Bakery, so gluten avoidance won't be an excuse to opt out of the seasonal tradition of putting on winter poundage.

In a very of-the-moment move, Union Depot has its own line of honey, Bee Line Honey, culled from its five rooftop beehives. Cookies with the honey as an ingredient will be on hand for purchase, and they've partnered with St. Paul's Mademoiselle Miel, a chocolatier, and yes, a beekeeper too, so consider chocolate-honey bon-bons for all those stockings awaiting their stuffers.

Once you've loaded up your commemorative cookie tins ($10) the Depot Christmas tree goes all aglow in lights at 5 p.m.

And hey, if all that merriment isn't enough for you, take in a cooking demo, enter a drawing, get your picture taken, and then watch some some wintertime fireworks, because they're not just for the 4th anymore.

$5 general admission is included in the purchase of a cookie tin and kids under 12 get in free. December 6, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Part of the proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.

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