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Santa visits, seasonal happenings and joyful events ahead

Several holiday happenings are being held, with Santa Claus visitations, tree lightings, sights and sounds of the season to be toured.

The annual Festival of Lights at Brandon Park is a special occasion where the trees in the park will be illuminated in an array of colors, according to Shawn Washington, city recreation department director.

Streets and Parks Department employees have been preparing for the event which takes place 5 p.m. Friday. The activities continue for three hours and include visitation with Santa, free horse-drawn carriage rides, shows on the bandshell stage, music and dance and ice sculpting.

Children can go to the Christmas craft workship and there will be a Wish List letter writing station.

Among the other activities is the meet-and-greets with Disney characters, and an Open Air Holiday Market, where merchants will be selling items, Washington said.

For those across the city and region, Newberry Community Partnership is holding its 10th annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the corner of West Third and Arch. The event features the arrival of Santa, who takes wishes, and the singing of Christmas carols

Bring the entire family for a sightseeing tour of the beautiful holiday lights of the famous Candy Cane Lane in DuBoistown across the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, along Millionaires Row in the city and throughout Brandon Park. Nightly Trolley Tour of Lights excursions depart beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 through Dec. 15 from the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum, 810 Nichols Place.

Santa is also available for visits at Lycoming Mall:

Santa will be seeing children from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 22 to Dec. 21. Sundays Nov. 24 through Dec. 22 noon until 5 p.m. and Christmas Eve 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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