Westmoreland, Fayette towns prepare to ring in holidays
The holiday season is fast approaching and several towns in the area will be hosting numerous events and light-up celebrations to help to ring in the holidays.
Mt. Pleasant will once again be hosting its annual “Light the Life-Size Nativity” scene starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 30.
Everyone is invited to gather together at the nativity scene in the center of the borough at the doughboy circle to take part in caroling and blessings as the nativity is lit.
Directly afterward, Santa will arrive via Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire department truck and be escorted to the gazebo adjacent to the nativity site to greet children and pass out treats.
Starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 6, Mt. Pleasant also will be hosting its annual Christmas parade.
This year, the theme for the parade will be “Frozen,” and float participants are asked to decorate their entries with lights.
After the parade, there will be “Christmas at the Cabin” at the Chestnut House log home on Washington Street, and Santa will also be at the gazebo to greet children.
Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.
Scottdale also will ring in the holiday season with its annual “Winter Light Celebration” starting at 1 p.m. Dec. 6.
“We expanded it this year to include crafters and vendors that will be set up throughout the day,” borough manager Angelo Pallone said of the booths that will be set up around the gazebo area from 1 to 7 p.m.
The Christmas parade will be held starting at 4 p.m. Dec. 6.
“Santa will be in the parade and will then be at the gazebo,” Pallone said.
In addition to crafters and vendors there will also be food, music and carolers at the event.
Scottdale is also hosting a holiday home decorating contest and entries for the contest can be picked up at the borough office.
Entries will be accepted through Dec. 2 and the contest is open to Scottdale residents only.
Perryopolis will also be celebrating its community tree light-up event starting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30.
“It’s held at the United Methodist church,” Noreen Halvonik said of the event that is sponsored by the Perryopolis Ministerial Association. “They planted that tree there special and every year they have the community Christmas tree light-up.”
Following the light up, the Greater Scottdale Area Choral Association will present its Christmas concert.
Uniontown already kicked off the season with its big parade and holiday activities night, but there is still time to purchase tickets for the annual Magic and Mistletoe event that will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Fayette County Courthouse.
The event is a fundraiser for the Fayette County Community Action Agency and will feature horse-drawn carriage rides, music, entertainment and food.
For more information on the event and for ticket pricing, call 724-437-6050.
Connellsville will be bringing in the holiday again in a big way with the annual “It’s a Connellsville Christmas” on Dec. 6 and 7 in various locations throughout the city.
From 10 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, a nonprofit cookie sale will be held at several locations and children’s crafts will be offered at Art Works, Crawford Avenue.
Ice skating will also be offered at in the H&R Block parking area and several churches throughout the town will open their doors for a holiday tour.
From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and again from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, the Presbyterian Church on Pittsburgh Street will play host to a special display of nativities and crèches.
A free holiday concert will be held starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Wesley United Methodist Church. Photos with Santa will be offered at the Connellsville Canteen starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The canteen will also be open and decorated for the season.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.