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Parade, tree lighting mark start of holidays in Lock Haven

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS A large crowd of residents circle Lock Haven’s Christmas tree in Triangle Park Saturday night.

From Staff Reports

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven brought in the Christmas season this Saturday with a parade and tree lighting at Triangle Park.

The event, hosted by Downtown Lock Haven Inc., was in conjunction with Small Business Saturday and Haven Holidays which took place earlier in the day.

Local kids and their families lined the streets as the parade – consisting of high school marching bands, twirlers, floats, ATVS and fire trucks — made its way down Main Street, tossing candy to the little ones as they went.

The parade made its way to Triangle Park where a large Christmas tree, donated by Santa Claus himself, was lit up with colorful twinkling bulbs. Joel Long, Lock Haven’s next mayor, had the honor of lighting the tree this year.

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS Members of Millbrook Playhouse’s Youth Ensemble perform songs from their upcoming musical “Elf Jr.”

The fun didn’t stop with the tree lighting. Members of Millbrook Playhouse’s Youth Ensemble performed several songs from their upcoming musical “Elf Jr.” and Santa’s hut opened for business, giving kids a chance to tell the jolly fellow everything they hoped to receive this Christmas.

Santa’s Hut will be open through the coming weeks leading up to Christmas.

Santa will be at the hut the following hours:

— Friday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

— Saturday, Dec. 7 from 12 to 4 p.m.

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS A group of parade participants smile and wave from their float.

— Friday, Dec. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.

— Saturday, Dec. 14 from 12 to 4 p.m.

— Friday, Dec. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.

— Saturday, Dec. 21 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Special hours for preschool children can be scheduled as well by calling DLH’s office at 570-748-1576.

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS There were a variety of floats in the parade, including this one which celebrated Jesus’­­­ birthday.

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS One vehicle is decorated with tinsel and an ever popular Minion, from the movie “Despicable Me.”

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS Even the grouchy ole Grinch came out to enjoy the festivities.

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS A tractor decorated with Santa makes its way down Main Street followed by a local fire company.

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS Members of Central Mountain High School’s band perform during the parade.

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS Sugar Valley Rural Charter School’s band performs during the parade.

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