The library wants residents to start their Christmas celebrations early.
From 6-8 p.m. Friday evening, the Follett House Museum will host its annual Holiday Open House, a 30-plus year tradition in the city.
The theme, which changes annually, is "The Joy of Christmas" this year, and the event will feature live entertainment -- a pianist playing Christmas carols -- as well as refreshments, cookies and lavish decorations.
"The people who put the decorations together are really talented," said Maggie Marconi, the library's curator. "They really did a wonderful job."
The flourishes include fireplaces decorated by the area gardening clubs, extravagantly bedecked staircases, a 10-foot Christmas tree in the back parlor and much more ornamentation "from top to bottom."
"We're really decked out for the holidays," she said.
The Holiday Open House follows the 5 p.m. tree lighting ceremony downtown. It is free to attend. The museum is located at 404 Wayne St.
Marconi said it's tradition for families to stop into the library and enjoy the festivities after the tree lighting ceremony.
"People have been doing it for years," she said "It's a really nice way for families to start their holiday season."