Tree lighting, Santa kick off JT Christmas celebration
VICTOR IZZO/Special to the TIMES NEWS Seven-year-old Braam Hattingh and his 5-year-old sister Mia of Mechanicsburg got to meet Santa at the Olde Time Christmas Celebration in Historic Jim Thorpe this past weekend.
The 32nd Annual Olde Time Christmas Celebration in Jim Thorpe kicked off Saturday night with the arrival of Santa Claus at Josiah White Park in the heart of Historic Downtown Jim Thorpe. A tree lighting that followed his arrival.
The tree lighting had been delayed by one day due to inclement weather on Friday evening.
A crowd of several hundred people had gathered in the park awaiting the Jolly Old Elf and also to the delight of the youngsters present was the appearance of Frosty the Snowman who circulated around the crowd while they awaited Santa's arrival.
Shortly after Santa's arrival at the park, as the crowd of holiday revelers counted backwards to zero, Santa officially kicked off the holiday's festivities with the lighting of the large Christmas tree standing near the train station.
After the tree lighting, Santa greeted the excited gathering of people both young and old as he strolled among them in the park.
The downtown section of Jim Thorpe is bejeweled by thousands of glistening lights.
Holiday revelers have the opportunity to visit all of the brightly decorated shops, eateries and pubs which will bustle with activity as the festival goers proceed to stroll the streets of town.
The Olde Time Christmas Celebration will continue Saturday and Sunday, with a wide variety of holiday events and activities going on throughout the borough of Jim Thorpe.
Just some of those activities include Santa Train rides, Crystal Carriage rides, town van tours, entertainment at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, the Elite Dance Company from Hazleton, Rotary ghost walks, Fantasy Christmas Tree display at the Gilded Cupid B&B at 40 W. Broadway.
One unique display will be presented by the Aviation Museum of Horsham, PA which will consist of part of a C-45 Expediator aircraft used by the Army Air Corp in WWII.
Olde Time Christmas events coordinator Sandi Crum said, "We've worked very hard to make this a special magical time for everyone and we hope that everyone will enjoy the celebration."
Also in attendance and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, State Representative Doyle Heffley said, "This is the third year in a row that I've been here for the event and its always a great time to see all the people come out for the tree lighting ceremony and the kickoff of the Olde Time Christmas Celebration here in Jim Thorpe."
He encouraged people to shop local and support local merchants both in Jim Thorpe and their own hometowns.
To check on times of the individual events and for additional information about the remainder of the Olde Time Christmas Celebration visit www.jimthorpe.org.
Anyone wishing to volunteer to help out at next year's celebration can call Sandi Crum at 908-229-8360 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.