Yes, Lititz, there will be a Santa Claus

By on August 15, 2018

The “Have Yourself a Merry Lititz Christmas” event the town has grown to know and love is now a tradition of the past.

That’s the bad news.

But here’s the good news: a newly-named, similar event is currently in the works for this December.

Hometown Christmas is scheduled to take place in Lititz on December 8.

“When one door closes, another one is opened, and it seems that another door definitely has opened, bringing us a new tradition that will begin this year,” says event organizer Kathy Blankenbiller.

While timing and logistics are still being worked out, Blankenbiller notes that the new event, “Hometown Christmas” will not be exactly like the old event. Rather, if everything works out, it will begin a brand new yearly tradition in Lititz, she promises. In years past, nearly everyone in the community &tstr; from residents to retailers &tstr; chipped in to help make this day special.
According to Blankenbiller, that’s whats going to happen again this year. Recently, she’s been in contact with several people and places who offered to step up, immediately willing to participate without hesitation.

What is known so far is that on Saturday December 8, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck for their ride around Lititz, and will then visit with children from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Despite their busy schedule up North, they’ve also agreed to come back to Lititz for the monthly Second Friday celebration on December 14. The next day, on December 15, they will be available for visits for the last time this year from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The location is currently being discussed and will be made public once its confirmed. Blankenbiller hopes to finalize arrangements in the next few weeks. Keep your eye on the Lititz Record Express for the latest news as it unfolds.

She is also seeking volunteers who would like to help organize the day. If any club, group, business, or office wants to offer something for the children this year, they may contact Blankenbiller through a private message on the “Have Yourself a Merry Lititz Christmas” Facebook page at

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at or 717-721-4423. 

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