First Posted: 11/24/2014
Scranton — Lackawanna County’s Courthouse Square will be transformed into a festive wonderland Dec. 5 and 6, complete with bright lights, shopping and holiday treats for all. The county and ScrantonMade are partnering again to present the second annual Holiday on the Square from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.
The County will also “flip the switch” to light up its tree at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. The tree ceremony will start off with carols sung by The Catholic Choral Society and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies served by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO National.
The concept for Holiday on the Square harkens back to the 16th century German tradition of Christkindl Markets or Christmas Markets when local farmers and artisans would sell their unique regional wares, local foods, crafts and decorations. Scranton’s winter market features items from local and regional vendors, along with live music, specials, coupon discounts and a variety of activities for people of all ages.
On Friday night, Holiday on the Square will coincide with Scranton’s First Friday Art Walk. The Steve Kurilla Jazz Band will play holiday favorites and local actors Conor McGuigan and Heather Stuart will perform a 15-minute version of the classic Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol at 5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
On Saturday, ScrantonMade will again offer holiday gift bags to the first 100 shoppers.
A variety of children’s activities will take place between noon and 4 p.m. Local musicians, including The Cole Family Band, The Coal Town Rounders, Anthony Hannigan and Tom Graham will provide music throughout the day.
In conjunction with the event, ScrantonMade and the Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau will sponsor a gift card contest, giving people the chance to win gift cards to downtown businesses. Shoppers can pick up free entry tickets at the Holiday on the Square festival and at participating businesses. The contest will run through Monday, Dec. 15.
North Washington Avenue will be closed to traffic for the event, beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 until 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.