Greencastle is buzzing with holiday happenings beginning with its annual tree lighting on Friday and continuing with Saturday’s Christmas Parade.
The tree lighting ceremony will begin on the square at 6 p.m. with VerStandig Broadcasting entertaining the crowds with music, according to a news release from the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.
Jack Gaughen Realtors of Greencastle will hand out several hundred bags of popcorn to hungry revelers during the festivities. To take the chill off the evening, the Exchange Club of Greencastle will offer free hot chocolate and cookies.
Two Nuts and a Bolt and a bagpiper will provide entertainment, while store windows will be decorated for the season, the news release states.
Members of a local Brownie troop — dressed as Santa’s elves — will hand out jingle bells to ring after the tree lighting ceremony.
The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. with this year’s town crier Todd Streett of Greencastle bringing a message of holiday cheer, event organizers said.
Greencastle-Antrim School District Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover will be the master of ceremonies.
The original quartet who sang at the first Heritage Christmas 22 years ago will perform and lead the crowd in a sing-a-long of Christmas favorites before the tree lighting.
Then, the switch will be flipped on the 25-foot Blue Spruce tree.
The tree was donated by Charlie and Ginny Mullen of Greencastle.
On Saturday, the Greencastle-Antrim Christmas Parade, sponsored by VerStandig Broadcasting, begins at 9:21 am.
The parade route runs from East Baltimore Street onto the square and down South Carlisle Street. The grand marshal is Greencastle-Antrim kindergarten student Hannah Jo Downin.
Santa will make an appearance and unveil the “Santa Mailbox” to be placed on the square. Goodie bags will be distributed by the Lions Club after the parade in three different locations: on the square; the corner of Washington Street by the vacant lot; and near the church of the Brethren on South Carlisle Street.
Also on Saturday, Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by GA-MAAX, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Greencastle-Antrim High School.
Before the parade (from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.), breakfast to go will be served including a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich, hash browns and coffee, juice or milk. The cost is $3 for adults. Children younger than 12 are free with a paying adult.
After the parade (from 9 a.m. to noon), an all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served including French toast sticks, pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and coffee, juice or milk. The cost is $5 for adults and children under 12 are free with a paying adult.
Santa will make an appearance from 11 a.m. to noon.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a camera to take photos with Santa.
Heritage Christmas will kick off on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m. and end around 8 p.m. on the square of Greencastle. The holiday event will be held again on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.
For more information, contact the chamber at 717-597-4610 or log onto www.greencastlepachamber.org.