TUNKHANNOCK- Tunkhannock's Christmas in Our Hometown will celebration its 11th year. We have a lot of traditional Christmas elements, said Nancy Parlo, Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association.
Gannon Associates, a regional insurance firm is the presenting sponsor for the Dec. 7 and 8 Christmas in Our Hometown. Some other businesses are sponsoring certain events.
I enjoy seeing the kids' faces with Santa and Mrs. Claus. When Santa recognizes them and calls their name, their faces light up, it's great, said Parlo.
Horsedrawn wagon rides, trolley rides, ice sculpture displays, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, strolling carolers, strolling musicians and living windows and a live nativity scene, complete with live animals are events that everyone in the family can enjoy during Tunkhannock's Christmas in Our Hometown. Hot apple cider, hot chocolate, cookies and snacks will also be served. There will be sales and other surprises, according to the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association website.
Dietrich Theater will provide events for the celebration. Dietrich theater will feature Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock Dec.7 and Dec.8 at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The Jim Henson Christmas movie, which shares a tale of a poor otter family that risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas, is for all ages and free. Tickets are first come, first served.
A holiday workshop free for all ages will take place at the Dietrich Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will provide families with a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the balloon lady, Silly Sally.
A Homemade Christmas Walk at the Dietrich will occur. Fill a container of homemade Christmas cookies while supporting arts and educational programming for children at the Dietrich Theater. Each container is $5.
The theater's final contribution is its Holiday Exhibit in Dietrich's Galleries, where Dietrich's Night Before Christmas Exhibit will feature homemade antique toys by Patrick Robinson, Carolyn Northerner's19th century dolls, a vintage doll house, What Is Happening in the Barn the Night Before Christmas, green art glass constructions by Steve Colley and Carol Brown's local and historical oil painting including a Christmas scene at Tioga and Bridge Street.
There is so much going on that it's hard to find a crowd favorite, so much of the celebration is popular. People really make a day or night of it, they will come in and walk around, stop to have dinner and continue to enjoy it. People do also tend to gather at the live nativity scene, some people will spend the whole night there. People are completely quiet while watching. It's beautiful, said Parlo.
The Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association is also hosting a Gingerbread House contest as well as a Candy Craft contests. All entries must be submitted to Robinson's Martial Arts Studio, 18 E. Tioga Street Dec. 6 between 4 and 7:30 pm. or Dec 7 between 3:30 and 5 p.m. For more information on the contests, visit: www.tunkhannockbusiness.com.
While attending Tunkhannock's Christmas in Our Hometown celebration, families will be able to enjoy decorated street lamps. Each year, streetlamps are up for adoption by families, businesses or organizations. Each streetlamp costs $40 to adopt and is then decorated with fresh greens, Christmas lights and a red bow. Each streetlamp also contains a gift and a personalized message.
The support and turn out has been fabulous. People throughout the region love it. We get people from Kingston, Clarks Summit, Wilkes -Barre and other surrounding areas. It's free to all and it's how we give back to the community, said Parlo.
For more information visit: www.tunkhannockbusiness.com or contact Nancy Parlo from the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association at 510.4699 or [email protected]. For more information on the Dietrich Theater events call 570.996.1500.