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21st annual Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas kicks off Friday night

Event offers food, music, shopping, and family fun

December 01, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Above, Greencastle's community Christmas tree is decorated and ready to come to life for the crowd at tonight's kickoff of the town's 21st Annual Heritage Christmas celebration.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — If you're looking for something to get you into the spirit of the season, look no farther than Greencastle.

Outdoor musicians will lure travelers downtown tonight where the sights and sounds of the 21st annual Heritage Christmas will offer a magical Christmas adventure for young and old.

The event, sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, is held on the first three Fridays in December and has become a tradition for the local community.

Chamber Executive Director Joel Fridgen said most of the festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. and end around 8 p.m. each night of the event.

"It's about Christmas spirit and fun activities for the family. But it's also about quality shopping and eating great food," Fridgen said.

Downtown Greencastle will be bustling with activities including carolers, clowns, balloon sculptors and free food.

"This is to give people the opportunity to celebrate Christmas as a community and to give them a chance to enjoy the various shops that we have available," Fridgen said.

Children look forward to their one-on-one time and pictures with Santa Claus, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at Tower Bank.

The horse and buggy rides begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

"The horse and buggy rides are a big thing. A lot of people have already bought tickets to their horse-drawn buggy rides, but we still have availability during our first Friday night," Fridgen said.

Tickets are available on the square at $7 for a 20-minute ride or $10 for a 45-minute ride. Children 3 and younger ride free.

Many of the merchants have extended hours during Heritage Christmas.

Balloon bender Uncle Bean, aka De Wayne Izer, will be on the square from 6 to 8 p.m. transforming balloons into red and white candy canes, hats and snowmen.

Children are invited to roll up their sleeves and decorate a gingerbread cookie at Greencastle Church of the Brethren at 36 S. Carlisle St.

Apple Annie will circulate through the crowds giving away apples, Two Nuts and a Bolt will give away safety pops and the Belsnickels will roam about handing out "special" packages.

Fridgen said many churches and civic organizations will sell or give away items for worthwhile causes.

The Democratic Club will hand out hot chocolate and cookies, and Boy Scout Troop 99 will give away soup.

Trinity United Church of Christ will sell apple dumplings, and the Greencastle-Antrim High School Life Skills class will sell soup mix to benefit students and more.

Fridgen said there's something for every member of the family at Heritage Christmas.

"It's a fun way to spend a Friday night," Fridgen said.

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The Heritage Christmas website is www.greencastlepachamber.org

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