Mt. Pleasant Borough prepares for holiday season
Staying true to tradition, Mt. Pleasant Borough is getting ready to welcome in the holiday season with numerous holiday events.
The annual “Festival of Lights” in the Daughters of the American Revolution house at the corner of Church and Walnut streets, will begin Saturday, featuring dozens of trees decorated by groups and individuals in the community.
Each tree is unique and lovely; most are for sale.
“We have over 40 trees on display this year, and that is the most that we have ever had,” said Rosalind Ashmun, national vice president of the Eastern Division Chapter of the DAR. “The proceeds from the event will then go to the restoration of the house.”
Cost to attend is $4 for ages 12 and older; those younger than 12 are free. Times are 1:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and again on Dec. 3 and 4. The event also will be open from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5.
On Sunday, the borough will host its “Community Light Up,” beginning at 5:30 p.m. with caroling by members of the St. Pius X and Visitation choirs near the Diamond downtown. Light-up of the manger will take place at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Kosisko leading the blessing.
Following the blessing, Santa will pass out treats at the gazebo. Donations will be accepted. Nativity 50th-year anniversary ornaments will be available at Diamond Pharmacy for $5 each.
The holiday events will continue Dec. 4 when the borough hosts its annual parade at 11 a.m. Sponsored by Medic 10, the theme for the event will be “Old-Fashioned Christmas.”
“We are actually starting out the day with the Business District Authority’s Santa Sales that will take place in participating merchants,” Borough manager Jeff Landy said.
Sales in certain stores will begin at 10 a.m. “There will be signs to show which businesses are participating,” he added.
Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served in the gazebo area following the parade.
“That will be something to warm everyone up,” Landy said of the free treats sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Knights of Columbus.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., carolers will stroll the streets. “Christmas at the Cabin” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Chestnut Log House on Washington Street.
“They are going to have marshmallows and hot dogs,” Landy said of the event that will be held by the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society. “That’s a really nice nostalgic time that takes everyone back to their younger days.”
From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., children can visit with Santa at McCali Manor, where they will be treated to stories and treats with an optional paid lunch.
Later in the evening, a candlelight procession will be held in which visitors are invited to participate. The procession will begin at the Washington Street fire station and proceed to the gazebo, where the crowd will be treated to holiday stories.
“Everyone will get a candle, and they will then all help to light the holiday candle that will stay lit throughout the holiday season,” Landy said. “We hope that whenever people drive by and see the candle lit, that it will give them a happy, holiday feeling.”