It’s time to light the tree again. Numerous venues in and around Franklin County, PA are holding tree lighting ceremonies to start the holiday season beginning this weekend.
Tonight, Nov. 20, community members of Waynesboro will be flocking to the Center Square for the annual tree lighting ceremony. This event, which serves as the town’s traditional kickoff to the holiday season, will start at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to last through 8:30 p.m.
Loads of activities will be packed into the evening including musical entertainment, family-friendly activities, and more. Some of the most well loved attractions held seasonally for this event include horse-drawn sleigh rides presented by Keystone Classic Carriages and visiting alpacas from Mercersburg’s Long Acres Alpaca Farm. There will also be plenty of vendors onsite including, but not limited to: Caveman BBQ, Mt. Musser Kettle Corn, and the Waynesboro Fire Police. Members of the Waynesboro Lions Club will also be handing out free hot chocolate, and representatives from BB&T Bank will provide complimentary treats as well.
DJ Tiny Michaels of 104.7 FM WAYZ will serve as this year’s emcee. Performers will include: Lucky Punk, A&B Dance Dimensions, and two groups from Waynesboro Area Senior High School–the Consort Carolers and The Wayneaires.
During the lighting ceremony, Gina Vitale, children’s librarian at the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, will lead storytelling inside of Gallery 20 East (20 East Main Street). “Santa’s elves” will be at the lighting to help with the ceremonial breaking of a giant candy cane, created and donated by Zoë’s Chocolate Co. There will also be Candy and oranges given out to children inside of a school bus parked on the square. Senator Rich Alloway and Mayor Richard Starliper will also be present to offer a few brief remarks. To learn about tonight’s event in Waynesboro, click here.
Tonight also marks the start of the Greencastle: 25th Annual “Heritage Christmas” Activities. Taking place at the Greencastle Antrim Chamber of Commerce, the kickoff for these heritage events will also begin with a tree lighting ceremony. Activities start at 6:30 p.m. with VerStandig Broadcasting. Antrim Way Honda, the Exchange Club, and Coldwell Banker will be providing complimentary refreshments and goodies including popcorn, cookies, hot chocolate and more. Come out and enjoy the evening, stroll through town and see all the window displays, courtesy of downtown merchants, and more. Be sure to make it back tomorrow morning though, bright and early for the Greencastle Parade. The event, which is slated to start at 9:21 a.m. will be organized by VerStandig Broadcasting and feature cookies, coffee, and more from the Rotary Cub of Greencastle as wel as hot chocolate and treat bags by the Lionesses of Greencastle. To learn more, click here.
Also note that tomorrow, Nov. 21 there will also be a tree lighting celebration taking place at the Westview Promenade in Frederick, MD. Taking place from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. you can come out to the popular open-air shopping center for the lighting as well as lighthearted good times, including skating on the new iceless skating rink. There will be plenty of costumed characters along the way who are happy to pose for pictures. Additionally, music and dance performances will keep the day hopping through dusk when the Christmas tree is officially lighted. For more information about this, click here.