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Lackawanna County announces details of upcoming winter market

BY JEFF HORVATH

The Times-Tribune, via AP

SCRANTON — The annual Lackawanna Winter Market at the Globe returns to the 100 block of Wyoming Avenue next month.

Commissioners Patrick O’Malley and Laureen Cummings joined other officials at a press conference inside the former Globe store Thursday to preview the three-day market, which opens Dec. 6 — First Friday in downtown Scranton — and runs through Dec. 8.

“Ladies and gentleman, we’re going to light up Wyoming Avenue again,” O’Malley said. “(We’re) going to light up the front of the Globe so it has all of its Christmas prestige … and the beautiful look of the holiday season.”

Boasting more than 60 vendors, free pictures with Santa, horse and carriage rides and more, officials said the market should offer something for everybody, from those searching for the perfect present to those seeking the nostalgia of shopping in and around the Globe once again.

In its past life as the city’s principle retail hub, the Globe served as a holiday destination for generations of residents. Officials and organizations have continued that tradition in recent years, hosting a market inside the landmark building in 2016 and 2017 and in large heated tents outside the Globe last year. This year’s festivities will take place largely in the heated tents on Wyoming Avenue, but the Globe will host some vendors, exhibits and activities as well.

Beyond bringing more holiday cheer downtown, Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Director Maureen McGuigan touted the market as a driver of holiday tourism that will benefit downtown restaurants and businesses.

“There’s no place like home for the holidays,” said McGuigan, who thanked Anthracite Events, an event-planning and marketing firm, and the nonprofit Scranton Tomorrow for helping plan the market. “Whatever tradition you celebrate, Scranton and Lackawanna County is a great place to be.”

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