GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Hundreds of people crowded into Center Square in Greencastle on Friday for the illumination of the borough's Christmas tree.
"Here in the heart of our community comes this evergreen tall and strong," said Paul Schemel, vice president of the Greencastle Borough Council.
It was the official kickoff of Greencastle-Antrim's Heritage Christmas celebrations, which continue throughout November and December.
As people arrived on the square, they were greeted and handed bells by members of Greencastle Brownie Troop 981 who were dressed as Santa's elves, and Heritage Christmas Committee members in Victorian-style dress. Shirley Shatzer was dressed as Apple Annie, and Russ and Dody Clever were dressed as Two Nuts and a Bolt.
At 7 p.m., town crier Frank Mowen, former mayor of Greencastle, called for the celebration to begin.
"It's a wonderful feeling when you live in an area that can all come together for Christmas," said Bill Gour, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.