SETTING UP SHOP
City workers already are at it, preparing the downtown for a Home for the Holidays weekend at the end of next week in the city’s downtown.
On Wednesday, they were putting the Santa House into place in the parking lot at West Fourth and Hepburn streets.
Wreaths will be the next to go up on utility poles and at City Hall, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said.
The festivities begin with Campana’s annual tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22, followed a half-hour later by the Billtown Christmas Parade.
The parade starts a block down from Santa’s House at Elmira and West Third streets. It take a route east on West Third Street, turns left and then goes north on Pine Street and left onto West Fourth Street. The parade ends back at Elmira Street in front of Santa’s House and Village.
Visitations with Santa begin after the parade at his “house” in the municipal parking lot.
The holiday spirit continues the following morning with a breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11 a.m. to noon at the Genetti Hotel.
The Victorian Christmas, presented by Preservation Williamsport, opens up decorated houses in the city’s Historic District.
The tours are held between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 23.
That same day, a Home for the Holidays Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Pine and West Fourth streets, and the Cinema Center on West Fourth Street is having a free holiday film showing at noon.
The annual Festival of Lights opens at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Dr. Kenneth L. Cooper Band Shell in Brandon Park.
The same night, a “Kick Off the Holidays” concert will be performed by the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Billtown Brass at 7 p.m. at the Community Arts Center.