The Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Let There Be Lights weekend, December 4-6. The weekend is comprised of several events beginning Friday, December 4 with Light Up Night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Lawrence Avenue between Fourth and Sixth Streets. Downtown merchants will be open with a variety of activities, snacks and hot beverages for residents.
“Historically, there has always been a Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park, but now we are bringing these [and other events] together,” Caroline Golmic, parade co-organizer, said. “It has been overwhelming how everyone in the community has been working together to make this happen.”
Entertainment in the Community Plaza will consist of Voices featuring Rudy Zetz, Janet Falotico and Sharon Grey. They will not only entertain but will share in a sing-a-long with the families attending. At 6:30 p.m. participants will get a front row view to see the lighting of a 29.5 foot Christmas tree accompanied by Zambelli fireworks!
Three dance studios; Studio P, Diamond Dance and Dance Expressions, will perform in the PNC Bank parking lot while a horse and carriage will offer rides throughout the evening. Food and Craft vendors will also line the streets.
At 8 p.m., families are encouraged to head up to the Lincoln High School Auditorium to see a free screening of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The movie will begin at 8:15 and is a great way to end the first evening.
Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m., DJ Greg Marshall will fill the streets with Christmas classics as families are encouraged to shop local while waiting for the 3:30 parade to commence. Staging for the parade begins in the Holy Redeemer School parking lot. Participants are asked to arrive by 2:45 and enter the lot at Crescent Avenue and Third Street. At 5:30 p.m., Santa will arrive at Ewing Park for opening night of Christmas In the Park with treat bags for the first 100 children. Free horse and carriage rides will take families on an enchanted “first look” of the brightly lit park.
Other happenings in and around Ellwood City:
- Wampum’s Light Up the Town
- Wampum Christmas Parade
- WXED Community Christmas Dance
- Tip Off basketball tournament at Lincoln High School
- Boar’s Head Festival
- Municipal Women’s Club House Tour
“The whole idea is to bring a lot of these separate activities together for one celebratory weekend,” Scott Golmic, parade co-organizer, said.
Further information is available by calling the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce at 724-758-5501 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.