Hometown holiday fun planned for this weekend

By on December 4, 2013

By:

MELISSA HUNNEFIELD Record Express Staff

, Staff Writer

The lamp post stars are hung and twinkling. We’ve had our fill of turkey and Black Friday shopping. Lititz is officially ready for Christmas. The weekend ahead kickstarts the season with a plethora of holiday events for all ages.

Christmas in the Park

Lititz holds its annual Christmas in the Park on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The Moravian Trombone Choir and Warwick High School Show Choir will help with a community carol sing and the official tree and park lighting for the Christmas season.

The centerpiece of the evening is the illumination of the park by candles. Each adult attendee receives a candle upon arriving, and by the end of the event, the park will twinkle with lit candles and luminaries.

Those attending are encouraged to bring non-perishable edibles for a food drive for the Warwick/Lititz Community Chest. Local Boy Scouts will also be collecting for Toys for Tots. Coffee and hot chocolate will be sold, with proceeds benefiting the Warwick school sports program.

Merry Lititz Christmas

Kids 10 and under are the focus of "Have Yourself a Merry Lititz Christmas," taking place downtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 7. The day features the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus by fire engine and a visit with the kids in the caboose at Lititz Springs Park. A scavenger hunt will take kids on a downtown adventure, with crafts and other activities at Lititz Elementary School.

Due to limited supplies, all activities are for children ages 10 and under. The day includes:

Aaron’s Books, 35 E. Main St. – Special Christmas craft station and personal appearance storytelling by Corduroy the Bear (from the classic picture books) at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Lititz Springs Park – Maps and bags for Scavenger Hunt are available inside the train station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until supplies run out. Kids of all ages can send letters to Santa from the mailbox outside the train station through Dec. 21. Remember, Santa won’t reply unless you put a return address on your envelope.

Lititz Elementary, 20 S. Cedar St. – The school holds a delightful array of family-oriented activities. There will be free food, including homemade ice cream from Greco’s Italian Ices and Homemade Ice Cream, root beer from the Appalachian Brewing Company, freshly-made-on-site buttered popcorn sponsored by the Lititz Woman’s Club, bottled water courtesy of Senator Brubaker, and more.

There will be entertainment by Steven Courtney, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Ryeland Harp Ring will perform regularly, and rising star Sebastian Janoski, will again act as host and will perform throughout the day. Chris Poje Productions will host a photo booth this year. Other favorites will be back, too: Christmas Bingo, handprint quilt station, lollipop tree, spin art, Lucky Duck, Spin to Win, temporary tattoos, and more. The candy scramble will take place in the gym at the very end of the event.

Downtown – Families can enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides sponsored by Landis Valley Museum, the Lititz VFW and Lititz American Legion. Outside Wertsch Vision Associates, Boy Scout 44 will host a funnel cake and marshmallow roasting station.

A detailed list of scheduled activities and times can be picked up at the Lititz Springs Park visitor’s center on the day of the event, along with scavenger hunt maps and bags. Approximately 30 downtown merchants are participating in the scavenger hunt.

Around town on Dec. 7

More free holiday fun can be had at the Lititz Public Library. Their Holiday Happening is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event will feature light refreshments, crafts to make and take, a children’s holiday-themed film that will be shown throughout the day. Santa himself will read "Twas The Night Before Christmas" to all in attendance at 11 a.m.

Brethern Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, will be hosting a Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 in Wolfe auditorium. Call 581-4251.

The Seed of Abraham Messianic Congregation, 836 Rothsville Rd., will hold a free Post-Hanukkah Celebration Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will feature traditional Jewish food, live music, Davidic dancing and events for the children.

The Moravian Church will be hosting Advent Tea at the Brothers’ House on Church Square on Dec. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. Tables and chairs in the Fellowship Hall will provide space for guests to visit. Tea, coffee, punch, Moravian sweets and tea sandwiches will be served. Musical entertainment and a holiday bazaar round out the event.

You won’t want to leave the tea without enjoying the presentation of the traditional Christmas Putz display in the basement of the Brother’s House.

Linden Hall Vespers

Linden Hall School will hold a vespers service in the Mary Dixon Chapel, 212 E. Main St., Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a reception in Lyet Gallery at 5 p.m.

In addition to worship, the services includes musical selections from the school’s handbell choir, chorus and musical soloists.

To learn more about Christmas in the Park, phone 626-8981. For more information about Have Yourself A Merry Lititz Christmas, e-mail kblank@ptd.net. Learn about the Holiday Happening at the Library by visiting lititzlibrary.org. Lititz Moravian Church can be reached at 626-8515 and Linden Hall School at 626- 8512.

‘Whoville’ in Manheim

If you feel you’ve already had your share of Lititz fun, why not drive over to Manheim and check out their weekend-long holiday celebration? They’ll celebrate First Friday on Dec. 6 and all merchants are open until 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7 is a day-long Christmas-fest. Enjoy breakfast with Santa at St. Paul’s UCC, 50 N. Main St. from 8 to 11 a.m. Reservations requested at 665-2447.

The Manheim Library, located at 15 E. High St., is a great place to bring the kids, as they’ll be hosting a Crafts, Cookies and Cocoa event from 10 a.m. until noon. Call 665-6700.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 90 S. Charlotte St., will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring crafts, jewelry and other holiday finds.

Holiday Crossings, a "Polar Express"-like experience for all ages, will take place at the Manheim Railroad Station, 210 S. Charlotte St., on Dec. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Saturday evening will mark the Manheim Downtown Development Group’s 13th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The event begins at 7 p.m. with performances by Cricket’s Performing Arts. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance. Residents and visitors can buy a chance to "Flip the Switch" on the lights illuminating the tree that will adorn historic Market Square The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a special event for the young and old.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, the Women’s Club of Manheim will host their annual Holiday Tour of Homes, featuring six destinations. For more information, call 575-8179.

Visit manheimdowntown.org to learn about what’s happening in Manheim.

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