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Greencastle Christmas celebration has something for all

December 01, 2006|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, PA. - Cast in the glow of Greencastle's massive evergreen is a small reminder that Heritage Christmas is just around the corner.

Painted bright red and beckoning children of all ages to cast a dream within, the box reserved exclusively for mail to St. Nicholas only comes out once a year when the shoppers gather to celebrate Heritage Christmas.

Bill Gour, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce said Friday marks the beginning of the celebration downtown started in 1991.

"Heritage Christmas is Dec. 1, 8 and 15 this year and has something for everyone," he said.

Gour said the three Fridays will be filled with things to do. Besides shopping at the many stores that will have extended hours, Gour said people can come and enjoy crafts, music, puppets, a unicycling clown - even a sleigh ride.

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For $7 to $9 Keystone Classic Carriages will provide 20-minute and 45-minute sleigh rides from the square, he said.

Other than riding in a horse drawn sleigh, Gour said the event is park and walk.

"There are vendors and shopping all along South Carlisle Street, East Baltimore Street and the square," he said.

As always, the 2006 Heritage Christmas ornaments will be on sale on each of the three Fridays and throughout the week at the Chamber office, he said.

"They are round and flat with a gold frame and a hand painting of the old town hall," he said.

The ornaments cost $18.02 each. Gour said ornaments dating back to 1991 available as well.

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