Local photographer Bob Price has a full schedule of Christmas events to capture in Greater Pittston.
“I’m everywhere,” he said.
The City of Pittston kicks off the area’s festivities Saturday, Nov. 30, with the annual Christmas in Pittston event. Starting at 5 p.m. in downtown Pittston, the event will feature a toy truck parade, an appearance by Santa, a tree lighting and trolley rides from the lower Tomato Festival lot.
The Tomato Festival lots also will host decorated vehicles, a make your own reindeer food table and the opportunity to write a letter to mail to the North Pole.
Businesses along Main Street will also get into the spirit. Merle Norman will offer “Santa Shimmer” nails for $5, Meals on Wheels will have free hot chocolate, popcorn and cookies on hand and the Knights of Columbus will host gingerbread cookie decorating from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
The Pittston event isn’t just for the kids, with Tomato Bar & Bistro, Callahan’s, Arcaros The Next Generation and Fuji Pittston all offer special deals on food and drinks, and Art e Fekts Gallery, GypsyAngel Row, Company’s Coming, Marc’s Tattooing & Body Piercing and CityTrenz Boutique all have special discounts planned for the event.
Price said the following week is when things really get busy for him. The Dupont resident looked forward to one jam-packed weekend Dec. 7-8, which would include the fifth annual Duryea Christmas Stroll and Dupont’s tree lighting.
“It’s going to be a good time,” he said.
Starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, the Duryea Christmas Stroll will get the merchants of Main Street involved in the borough-wide event. Organizers stated the businesses will be open late with special offers for patrons as they browse the offerings and enjoy other Christmas events such as a tree lighting at the borough building, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and food.
Participating businesses also will display a decorated tree, and the public can vote for the best display.
“It’s a very nice event … to get out and get in the spirit,” Price said.
The next night, Sunday, Dec. 8, Price plans to help out in Dupont for the borough’s annual tree lighting hosted by the Dupont Crime Watch and Dupont Borough — this year complete with a real, planted tree to light outside the borough building.
“Each year it’s gotten bigger and better,” Price said.
The tree lighting event will start at 5 p.m., Price said, and will feature children’s activities inside the borough building and the arrival of Santa Claus on a fire truck with gifts for children who attend.
“We have a lot of stuff for them to do,” Price said. “It’s a real fun family event.”
Pittston Twp. also will host a children’s Christmas party on Sunday, Dec. 8, at St. Joseph Marello Parish in Pittston from noon until 3 p.m. Those attending can enjoy food, drinks and refreshments and stick around to take photos with Santa Claus.
The Wyoming Area Kiwanians have planned Breakfast with Santa for Sunday, Dec. 1, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Wyoming Area High School. They expect 500 people to attend to enjoy food and photos with Santa. Adult tickets cost $8 and tickets for children ages 2 to 12 are $5. Children under 2 will be free of charge.
Later that evening, Santa will be on hand at the tree lighting at 5 p.m. at Exeter Lions Memorial Park on Wyoming Avenue, next to the Exeter Borough Building.
Also on the West Side, Wyoming will hold Winter Wonderland in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 7. Santa parade begins on First Street at 4 p.m. and follows Monument Avenue to the Butler Street Park, where kids can get photos with Santa and enjoy pizza, cookies and hot chocolate. They can even get a head start on their Christmas wish lists, by using a special mailbox that will deliver their letters straight to the North Pole.
West Wyoming Hose Company No. 1 will host a Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 8, at its banquet hall, 926 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and are available from any member. Tickets will be available at the door, or call the banquet hall at 570-693-3660 for advance tickets.
West Pittston will hold its Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the tree at Delaware and Wyoming avenues and Third Street with a parade beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. There will be gift bags, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies, live entertainment and Santa.
A little closer to the holiday, Jenkins Twp. will host a children’s Christmas party beginning at noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company, 2 Second St., Pittston. There will be food, drinks and refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.
Rounding out the season, the Avoca Community Committee will host its second annual Avoca Santa Parade and Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The parade will begin at noon, followed by a party at the Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall on Spring Street.
Committee member Kelly O’Brien said about 100 children have already registered for the party, and she expects a “couple hundred” people to enjoy the parade along the borough’s Main Street.
“Main Street was really filled up last year,” she said. “The support from the community was great.”
The party will feature gifts from Santa, hot chocolate and cookies, crafts and other activities, O’Brien said.
O’Brien, 35, said she does not recall Avoca having an event like this in the past.
“It’s really nice to see the town come together,” she said.