Have a holly, jolly Manheim Christmas

By on November 24, 2015

Manheim rings in the holiday season Dec. 4 through 6 with a cornucopia of activities for all ages, ranging from a Holiday Tour of Homes to a hometown Christmas tree lighting on historic Market Square.

 

Homemade cookies

The Women’s Club of Manheim will be selling homemade holiday cookies on Dec. 4.

“The cost is just $5 for a 1 pound box,” said club president Betty Wise. “They will be on sale at Shaub’s Dry Cleaners on South Main St., and at the Manheim Auto Auction. Orders for cookies can be given to club members prior to Dec. 3.”

 

Country Christmas Crafts

Visit the Manheim Community Library at 15 E. High St. on Dec. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. to participate in make-and-take “Country Christmas Crafts from the Big Woods.” Those who attend will be able to make craft inspired by “Little House in the Big Woods,” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, including: yarn people, sugar cookies, tin punch items, cinnamon log house building, and more.

 

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a free pancake breakfast with St. Nick on Dec. 5 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at St Paul’s United Church in Christ, 50 N. Main St.

Santa will be handing out goodie bags to the children. Learn more at stpaulsuccmanheim.org.

 

Promoting the Holiday Crossings event at the historic Manheim Train Station are (left to right) Friend of the Manheim Community Library Maria Madigan; Holiday Crossings committee chair Laura Bower; Linda Brown; Laureen Benn; and chef Todd Nath from the Manheim Manor Bed and Breakfast.

Promoting the Holiday Crossings event at the historic Manheim Train Station are (left to right) Friend of the Manheim Community Library Maria Madigan; Holiday Crossings committee chair Laura Bower; Linda Brown; Laureen Benn; and chef Todd Nath from the Manheim Manor Bed and Breakfast.

 

Holiday Crossings

From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, Holiday Crossings will be held at the historic Manheim Railway Station, located at 210 S. Charlotte St. Admission is free.

Many fun, family photo-opportunities will be available. Pose in the winter wonderland faceboards or cuddle up to Santa himself to take unique photos. Santa will be visiting on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Visit the Canine Country Club’s miniature horses and take a carriage ride, if weather permits. See the detailed model train exhibit showing Manheim in the 1930s. It has been recently updated for an expected “full-steam-ahead” exhibit both days.

Todd Nath, from Manheim Manor Bed and Breakfast, will be operating the Cozy Café. His famous scones, quiches and hearty soup will be available for purchase. Hot beverages and special goodies will also be on sale both days. A book nook showcasing cozy reads for cold winter nights will also be a featured this year.

Many Manheim businesses have contributed gift baskets and certificates for the Friends of the Library to raffle. A gorgeous piece from Stiegel Glassworks is also up for grabs. The prizes make great Christmas presents, as do items from the Holiday Crossings gift shop and candy buffet, and Grandma’s Attic.

The Manheim Historical Society will be selling those aromatic, hand-roasted peanuts on the station’s porch. Nearby, Stiegel Glassworks will be up and operational. Be sure to stop in and watch the glassblowers at work.

The event is sponsored by Fenner Precision. All proceeds will benefit Manheim Community Library. For more information, visit .ManheimLibrary.org.

The Christmas tree in historic Market Square will be lit during a ceremony on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m

The Christmas tree in historic Market Square will be lit during a ceremony on Dec. 5 at 5 p.m

 

Christmas on the Square

Manheim’s historic Market Square will be the site of the 15th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, on Dec. 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The Manheim Lions Club invites all to join in kicking off the holidays with a community band, caroling, delicious food, performances by Crickets Performing Arts and the Manheim Brass Band, and, of course, Santa Claus.

Residents and visitors will be able to win a chance to “Flip the Switch” to illuminate the lights on the Christmas Tree. This year the Christmas Tree Lights will be synchronized to music thanks to Don Krasley.

Food vendors will be available and people attending the event are encouraged to bring a new toy for the Toys for Tots Collection box sponsored by the Northwest EMS.

The rain date is Dec. 6. For more information, visit facebook.com/ManheimLive.

 

The 2015 Women’s Club of Manheim Holiday Tour of Homes committee, photographed in front of Deb Good-Allen and John Allen’s home on S. Grant Street. They are (left to right) President Betty Wise, Lynn Geib, tour chairperson Karen Lewis, Carol Barnett, Linda Williams, and Audrey Brosey

The 2015 Women’s Club of Manheim Holiday Tour of Homes committee, photographed in front of
Deb Good-Allen and John Allen’s home on S. Grant Street. They are (left to right) President Betty
Wise, Lynn Geib, tour chairperson Karen Lewis, Carol Barnett, Linda Williams, and Audrey Brosey

 

Holiday Tour of Homes

Women’s Club of Manheim’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes takes place Dec. 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“We are very grateful to the eight homeowners who have agreed to be on the tour this year,” said tour chair Karen Lewis. “The homes are all lovely and an eclectic mix of charm and style.”

Included on the tour are the homes of:

Bob and Karen Kreider, 499 Fruitville Pike;

Alan and Kathy Shaffer, 4011 Cranberry St.;

Doug and Carrie Wallace, 153 N. Clay St.;

Thomas and Patricia Drennen, 916 Cambridge Drive;

Deb Good-Allen and John Allen, 50 S. Grant St.;

Scott and Heather Bowser, 116 Mansion House Road;

Rick and Kathy Noll, 1070 Old Line Road; and

Jay and Jennifer Kready, 1876 Breneman Road.

Tickets may be purchased at any of the homes on the day of the tour for $12. Before the tour, tickets are selling at $10, and can be purchased at Longenecker’s True Value, Shaub’s Dry Cleaners, Divine Consign, and New Image Hair Salon.

 

Reindeer Games

Through Dec. 11, the Manheim Downtown Development Group (MDDG) and the Manheim Chamber of Commerce (MACC) will kick off the holiday season with Reindeer Games, a buy local campaign to encourage residents of all ages to explore the businesses and restaurants of Manheim.

“It’s an opportunity for us to help our local economy and educate the importance of buying local to our community,” stated Doreen Ober, Main Street Manager.

Here’s how the program works: pick up a Reindeer Game Booklet; visit and make a purchase of at least $5 from participating businesses; find the hiding reindeer; take the purchase to the register and tell them where you found the reindeer. The business will stamp your booklet, and after you receive 10 stamps, mail or drop off the booklet to the Manheim Chamber of Commerce, located at 15 E. High St.

Completed booklets must be returned by Friday, Dec. 11. The winner will be selected Dec. 12 during the Manheim Santa Run 5K. The winner will receive gift card(s) from local participating businesses, with a $500 value.

For more information, visit the Manheim Development Group website or call 665-1762.

 

Christmas Folk Art Show

Manheim Historical Society’s Railroad Station, 210 S. Charlotte St., will be the site of the free 2015 Christmas Folk Art Show, set for Dec. 11 from 3 to 8 p.m., and Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more, call 584-5576.

 

Santa Run

The Manheim Downtown Development Group is hosting the 1st Annual Manheim Santa Run 5K on Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. More information can be found at at manheimdowntown.org.

A color brochure containing more details about the events of Dec. 4-6 can be accessed at manheimdowntown.org/christmas-in-manheim/.

Melissa Hunnefield is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at mhunnefield.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4452.

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