With 24 bicycles to give away and a jolly man in red arriving on a fire truck, Lehighton's belated "Christmas in the Park" had plenty of excitement for the several hundred people who gathered in the park on Friday night.

The holiday event was a project of Lehighton Downtown Initiative and it was a big success.

The Lehighton Band played holiday tunes and when Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus arrived on a Lehighton Fire Company truck, there was excitement in the air. When the honored couple turned on the lights on the Christmas tree, everyone cheered.

Frank Potoczak, president of the Lehighton Downtown Initiative, served as master of ceremonies and was helped by Joe and Marge Federanich, Palmerton Lighting Committee, and Ben Beckett. Lehighton Girl Scouts offered free hot chocolate and decorated the Christmas tree before the lighting ceremony.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of 24 bicycles. Winners were, Gene Everett, Paul Hoffman Jr., Isabel Wentz, Brok Solt, Mackenzie Hartranft, Dylan Galgoci, Lindsey Kuntz, Anthony Kleppinger, Sierra Fairchild, Tret Solt, Josialys Solis, Daniel Curran, Luella Ware, Zachary Litchauer, Jenna Kroboth, Spencer Lockwood, Autumn Boger, Jesse Walker, Megan Berger, Chaz Takacs, Faith Kunkle, Devan Shannon, and Anthony Uyvari.

Sponsors for the evening's prizes were, PJ Whelihans, Motola's Paving, Mauch Chunk Trust Co. Jim Thorpe National Bank, First Northern Bank of Palmerton, Secure Technologies Inc., Lehighton Hardware, Lehighton Area Chamber of Commerce, Lehighton Library, Carbon County Music, Jumpspark Creative, State Rep. Doyle Heffley, BCH Corp., Pet Store Universe, Carbon Builders Association, RF Ohl, Walmart, Castle Grill Restaurant, Red Castle Brewery, Harleman Family, Flutgate Family and Hendricks Family in memory of Mr. DiGregorio Sr.