Sugar Valley celebrates Christmas throughout December

LOGANTON — As December is upon us and the Christmas season spreads across the land, so do the festivities in Sugar Valley.

Almost every weekend there are events and services to keep one in the holiday spirit during the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

To kick off the yuletide mood, Sugar Valley Historical Society welcomes the public to An Old-Fashioned Christmas at the Bull Run School House, 1756 Bull Run Road, 2 miles southwest of Loganton on Route 447 South. The event takes place this Sunday at 2 p.m. It is free and will include a Christmas carol sing-along, refreshments and a visit from the Belsnickel.

The Bull Run/Sugar Grove School was built in 1899 and is a fully restored one-room school house furnished with many original pieces of period decor.

For more information on Old-Fashioned Christmas, call John and Verna Carey at 570-725-3041 or Helen Imes at 570-748-0362.

This Saturday, Albright United Methodist Church at 47 E. Main Street, Loganton, hosts Breakfast with Santa beginning at 9 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The church will also hold its monthly fundraiser meal that evening featuring an Italian buffet. from 4 to 6 p.m., with take-outs beginning at 3:30. The buffet will offer such Italian favorites as stuffed shells, lasagna, chicken alfredo, meatballs and sausage, as well as salad.

The Sugar Valley Community Band presents its annual Christmas concert Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Sugar Valley Church of the Brethren at 2305 East Winter Road, Loganton. The band member have played together for several years and are well known for their performances of patriotic tunes, jazz arrangements and holiday standards in the Loganton area.

On Dec. 14, Albright United Methodist hosts its monthly senior citizens’ meal beginning at noon. The meals are held twice a month, and Albright alternates with Sugar Valley Church of the Brethren (SVCOB) in providing food, fellowship and fun for area people of retirement age.

The next senior meal will be Dec. 28 at noon at SVCOB. The meals are open to the public and are by freewill donation.

The Sugar Valley Lions Club will host its children’s Christmas party with Santa Claus on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Lions Club welcomes children to come and visit with Santa and have their photo taken while giving him their wish list. Free refreshments will be provided.

The SV Lions will also ring the bell for the Salvation Army at the First National Bank in Loganton this Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Sugar Valley Rural Charter School presents its annual Winter Concert on Saturday, Dec. 10 with two separate performances beginning with kindergarten through grade 4 at 10 a.m., followed by grades 5 through 12 at 1 p.m.

Loganton Wesleyan Church at 4972 Long Run Road, Loganton, welcomes everyone to attend its teen and children’s Christmas play Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. The church will hold Christmas Eve candlelight services at 7 p.m. with Pastor Daniel Reed officiating.

A Christmas play and candlelight Communion service will take place at the Sugar Valley Church of the Brethren on Friday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. with Pastor Kenneth Geisewite officiating.

The church members also welcome the public to join them Sunday, Dec.18 as they go out into the Sugar Valley area Christmas caroling. Those who wish to join the caroling convoy should meet at the church parking lot at 2305 East Winter Road at 6 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Bible Church at 4561 Long Run Road, Loganton, will hold a Christmas program and play Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. The program will be lead by Pastor Melvin Musser.

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 3782 Narrows Road, Loganton, in Tylersville, will host a Christmas Eve candlelight service beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Pastor Roger Snyder providing the message.

The Methodist churches of Sugar Valley are combining their Christmas Eve services at Trinity United Methodist Church, 349 Campground Road, Loganton, in the small village of Greenburr, at 7:30 p.m. with Pastor Elizabeth Taylor officiating.

The two Lutheran churches in Sugar Valley, St. John in Booneville and St. Paul of Loganton, will provide Holy Communion Christmas Eve services at St. Paul at 10 W. Main St., Loganton at 8:30 p.m. with Pastor Karl Runser.

Community Christmas caroling in Loganton has been a long-standing tradition over the past few decades and has traditionally been held the Sunday before Christmas, but this year, due to several conflicting events, caroling in the borough has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. Those interested in participating should meet at Albright United Methodist at 6 p.m. Bring along some cookies or snacks to share afterwards. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided. For more information, call or text Amber Morris at 570-295-0857.