Ss. and Peter and Paul School, 307 Coal St., Lehighton, is hosting its annual Christmas Festival and Holiday Gift Shop this weekend.

The event will kick off with snacks and story time with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Reservations are required and there is a fee. Call 610-377-4466.

T&R Photography will be on site to capture memories as Santa and Mrs. Claus spend time with each child. Each child will receive a gift.

The weekend continues from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with the Holiday Gift Shop in the Lehighton Borough Auditorium at 110 N. Third St., Lehighton.

Over 30 vendors will offer items for everyone on your gift list. There will be face painting, a children's coloring corner, seasonal music and decorations.

T&R Photography will also be available with backdrops and props or bring your own props for a holiday portrait.

A special snowman will make an appearance. Then hop on the complimentary trolley for a quick trip to the school hall where the kitchen will be open. Children can decorate cookies, watch Santa movies or shop at Santa's Workshop.

On Sunday, the kitchen will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch, plus Santa's workshop will be open, there will be more cookie decorating, Christmas movies and a bake sale.