Show your community spirit at holiday events

Community spirit can be measured by how many people come to parades, tree lightings, festivals, dinners, community concerts, fundraisers and more in our neighborhoods and downtowns.

It’s Christmas-time. Mill Hall and Renovo, for example, recently hosted Christmas parades drawing lots of people.

So let’s see what kind of crowds the Christmas parades and celebrations in your community draw.

Let’s start with Friday night’s Christmas tree lighting in Triangle Park in downtown Lock Haven.

Families should especially attend to show children community spirit and the significance of faith, hope and religion in people’s lives. Fill the park!

Jersey Shore’s Christmas Parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday, starting at McCanna Drive near the Little League Baseball fields and marching on Allegheny Street, then up Main Street and stopping at Santa’s House across the street from Jersey Shore State Bank.

Lock Haven’s Christmas parade is at 6 p.m. Saturday on Main Street, lining up on Water Street near Henderson starting at 5 p.m. Call Downtown Lock Haven Inc. at 570-748-1576 for more information.

And then there’s Beech Creek, which certainly knows how to have fun.

There, the annual Santa Jump Jamboree has Santa and his elves parachuting onto the ballfield at 1 p.m. (weather permitting) Saturday.

Vendors will be set up in the Friendship Community Center and the fire company social hall and along the grounds from the ballfield to the borough building.

There will be bike, turkey and ham give-aways. Santa will greet children and hand out treats upon his arrival. Strolling characters will be on scene for photos to be taken with them throughout the day.

This Sunday, Dec. 3, Central Mountain Middle School will host “The Twelve Days of Christmas at Santa’s Workshop” from 1 to 4 p.m. at the school in Mill Hall, featuring 12 activity stations themed for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Free cookies and pictures with Santa will be available.

After the parade, Santa will open his hut in Triangle Park for the first time this season.

Santa’s Hut will be open every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays and 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Bellefonte three-days of holiday events on Dec. 8, 9 and 10. Go to www.bellefontevictorianchristmas.com for more information, or call their chamber of commerce at 814-355-2917. They even have shuttles and free parking!

And don’t forget the Polar Express train rides in Bellefonte on Dec. 15, 16 and 17. Go to www.bellefontetrain.org for more information and tickets.

There’s a Santa Fun Run or Walk at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, (registration at 2 p.m.) starting at Clinton County Piper Building, using the levee Riverwalk and concluding at Triangle Park.

Did we miss other local community events related to the holidays? Sure we did … we know a lot goes on.

Email us at news@lockhaven.com. Enjoy!

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