Christmas weekend Two events will be fun for kids and adults alike

By on November 28, 2012

By: MELISSA HUNNEFIELD Record Express Staff, Staff Writer

Photo by Preston WhitcraftThe first snowfall of the season on Tuesday was an indicator that Christmas is near. Seasonal events are planned for downtown Lititz this Friday and Saturday.

The lamp post stars are hung and twinkling. We’ve had our fill of turkey and Black Friday shopping. We’ve even had the first snowfall of the season. Lititz is officially ready for Christmas.

The downtown retailers have gone all-out this year for the Retailers’ Decorating Contest. Window displays will be judged by a cadre of residents from United Zion Retirement Community sometime this week. Recognition certificates will be awarded in the categories of: Best Use of Product, Most Traditional, Most Original and Best Use of Space. The coveted gold cup goes to the Best in Show winner.

Candy*ology’s fanciful display from last year will be tough to beat. Look for a list of winners and photos in an upcoming edition of the Record Express.

Christmas in the Park

Lititz holds its annual Christmas in the Park on Nov. 30 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.

A 12-foot live Douglas Fir from the George K. Biemesderfer and Son Landscaping nursery was recently planted to serve as the permanent Lititz Springs Park Christmas Tree. The tree and planting were donated by George K. and Joyce G. Biemesderfer.

The centerpiece of the evening is the illumination of the park by candles. Each 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.

Kids 10 and under are the focus of "Have Yourself a Merry Lititz Christmas" on Dec. 1. 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.

"Lititz has a lot of ways to celebrate the season that cost little or nothing," says Kelly Withum of Venture Lititz

Have Yourself a Merry Lititz Christmas is a perfect example of Withum’s claim. Donors too numerous to mention came to the aid of organizer Kathy Blankenbiller as she put the event together.

"Christmas is my favorite time of the year. The holidays are really about children — I want them to have fun," said Blankenbiller. "Every child in the community, no matter what their family’s income level, will be able to participate. It’s a community thing — it’s what we can do for the kids."

Merry Lititz Christmas activities

Due to limited supplies, all activities are for children ages 10 and under.

Aaron’s Books — 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. Aaron’s is located at 35 E. Main St.

Lititz Springs Park — Maps and bags for Scavenger Hunt are available inside train station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until supplies run out.

Letters to Santa — Kids (and adults) can send letters to Santa from the mailbox outside the train station through Dec. 19. Remember, Santa won’t reply unless you put a return address on your envelope.

Lititz Elementary — 20 S. Cedar St. will be a hub of activity. Each child can select and take home a gently used book from the Book Corner. Balloon artist Andrew Imhoff will entertain the kids. There will be plenty of free food, bottled water, Bingo, crafts, a coloring station, Go Fish and a gingerbread house contest.

There will be entertainment by the kids from EPAC, Dance Dynamix and Ryeland Harp Ring. A D.J. will spin tunes, kids can meet firemen and some animals from KPETS. GeorJean Photography will host a photo booth, there will be a candy scramble in the gym, a handprint quilt station, lollipop tree, spin art, Lucky Duck, Spin to Win, temporary tattoos and much, much more.

Downtown — Families can enjoy free horse-drawn wagon rides from 12 to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Lititz VFW and Lititz American Legion. Wertsch Vision Associates will host a funnel cake station. The Lititz Historical Foundation will have a craft station. The Moravian Church will open its Putz display from 1 to 3 p.m. and kids can roast marshmallows at several downtown locations.

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.

More free holiday fun can be had at the Lititz Public Library. Their Holiday Happening is set for Dec. 1 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 and a 20-by-40-foot G-scale model train display in the library’s community room all day. The event also features a free drawing for a family gift basket of four movie tickets and snacks from Penn Cinema.

Brunnerville United Methodist Church has slated a Christmas Bazaar for Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 517 Pine Hill Rd. The event features hand-made crafts and decorations from church members and outside vendors, including: ornaments, wooden crafts, cards, tote bags, jewelry, vintage and collectible items.

The Moravian Church will be hosting Advent Tea at the Brothers’ House on Church Square on Dec. 1 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. Tom Snavely will demonstrate how he makes large paper Moravian Stars. Musical entertainment and a holiday bazaar round out the event.

On Dec. 2, all-female Lititz-based Red Rose City Chorus will take to the stage at The Ware Center in downtown Lancaster. Along with the Red Rose Men’s chorus, they’ll ring in the holidays, Barbershop style, at 3 p.m. Tickets for "A Barbershop Christmas" are available by calling 871-2306. Parking in downtown Lancaster is free until 6 p.m.

To learn more about Christmas in the Park, phone 626-8981. For more information about Have Yourself A Merry Lititz Christmas, e-mail Learn about Holiday Happening at the Library by visiting Brunnerville UMC can be reached at 626-0109 and Lititz Moravian Church at 626-8515. Visit the Red Rose City Chorus at More CHRISTMAS, page A18

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