Celebrate Christmas in Manheim this weekend

By on November 30, 2016

Manheim community organizations have banded together to host a plethora of activities for Christmas in Manheim the weekend of Dec.2.

“No matter what your age or interest, you’ll find something that appeals to you,” said Kelly Lauver, Manheim Chamber representative. The chamber is partnering with the community organizations to promote the event.

The celebration kicks off on Friday, Dec. 2 with Crafts, Cookies & Cocoa at the Manheim Community Library, 15 E. High St. Children, parents and grandparents are welcome at this fun event that will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. There will be several stations of holiday-themed crafts and decorations based off the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore.

The fun continues on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a number of activities. Community members may want to get an early start that day. The streets will be filled with Santas on the run as the second annual Manheim Lions Club Santa Run 5K steps off at 8:30 a.m.


Dancers from Cricket’s Performing Arts will perform at the Manheim holiday tree lighting on Market Square on Dec. 3.

Dancers from Cricket’s Performing Arts will perform at the Manheim holiday tree lighting on Market Square on Dec. 3.


This year’s run features a new course, however the start and finish remains in Market Square. The Lions Club will also be collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program and people are encouraged to help them spread Christmas cheer by bringing an unwrapped toy to donate at the Santa Run. For more information visit manheimlions.org.

The festive atmosphere continues at Breakfast with Santa, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 50 N. Main St., a free, hot community meal. Santa will be there, handing out goodie bags to the children, which is a great photo opportunity for parents.

The Friends of the Manheim Community Library will host its annual Holiday Crossings on both Saturday and Sunday at the restored Manheim railroad station, 210 S. Charlotte St. Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Manheim Community Library.

Holiday Crossings features a miniature train display that offers a look at what Manheim was like in the 1930s, a book nook offering gently-used Christmas-themed books for all ages for sale, and a gift shop featuring items made by local crafters. Children will have an opportunity to enjoy a ride in a cart drawn by miniature ponies, weather permitting. The event also features prize drawings and chances to win gift baskets filled with items donated by local businesses, including an original piece created by the glass blowers of Stiegel Glassworks 1976. Santa will make a special appearance on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hungry attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy homemade goodies from the Holiday Crossings Cozy Café, which will feature an array of baked goods, hearty soup and other holiday-themed treats.

For those who wish to see how the artisans at Stiegel Glassworks create those wonderful hand-blown glass items, the glass studio at the Manheim Railroad Station complex will be open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Items crafted by the glassblowers will also be available to purchase.

Saturday’s activities will conclude with the 16th annual Christmas tree lighting celebration in Market Square from 5 to 6:30 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.) The Manheim Lions Club will host this celebration that includes caroling, a performance by a community band, performances by Cricket’s Performing Arts, and a visit from Santa. The grand finale is the lighting of the tree. More information is available on the Lions’ Facebook page, facebook.com/ManheimLive.

But the weekend of activities isn’t over. In addition to Holiday Crossings at the railroad station and the Stiegel Glassworks’ glass studio open house, Sunday’s activities also include the Women’s Club of Manheim’s Holiday Tour of Homes from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The tour features six festively decorated homes. Tickets are $10 prior to the tour and can be purchased from any Women’s club member, Longenecker’s Hardware, Shaub’s Dry Cleaning and Divine Consign. The day of the tour the tickets are $12 and can be purchased at any home. To learn more, call 201-0909. Further information is also available at the organization’s Facebook page.


On Dec. 3, one lucky winner will have the opportunity to flip the switch and light Manheim’s Christmas tree in historic Market Square.

On Dec. 3, one lucky winner will have the opportunity to flip the switch and light Manheim’s Christmas tree in historic Market Square.


“We are happy to partner with the organizations within our community to promote Christmas in Manheim,” Lauver said. “We have a small, close-knit community, so it’s nice to see all the organizations working together to create a fun-filled weekend for everyone.”

Christmas in Manheim extends to the following weekend as the Manheim Historical Society hosts a Christmas Folk Art Show at the railroad station, 210 S. Charlotte St., Friday Dec. 9 from 3 to 8 p.m.; on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Stiegel Glassworks’ glass studio will also be open during the event.

For a complete listing of Christmas in Manheim activities, visit the chamber’s website, manheimchamber.com.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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