PERKASIE — The Perkasie area continues its long-standing holiday tradition on Saturday, Dec. 3, when the town hosts the nation’s oldest tree lighting ceremony.
Two of Santa’s reindeer will be attending the event and have revealed they are more than happy to pose for photos with visiting families before heading north to rest before their epic Christmas journey.
The Perkasie Tree Lighting Ceremony was officially recognized as the oldest in the US in 2015 when it was read into the Congressional Record by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick; the ceremony began in 1909 and is now in its 114th year.
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The reindeer join Perkasie’s traditional lineup of events, which includes live holiday music, Pennridge school bands, games, food, live dioramas, horse and carriage rides, food trucks, performances and more.
The event opens at 5 p.m., with former Perkasie Mayor John Hollenbach reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are coming on a Perka electric truck to light the Christmas tree at 7:00 p.m.
One lucky child will be chosen to go up on stage to help Santa light the tree; kids need to bring a non-perishable item for Pennridge FISH to enter the drawing. New this year, RAMs Pint House is hosting a Children’s Christmas Village on Seventh Street with lots of family activities and a visit from the Grinch.
“The Perkasie Tree Lighting holds a special place in the hearts of our community,” said Aaron Clark, chairman of the board’s Parks and Recreation Committee. “We are excited to welcome old and new residents and invite visitors from across the region to enjoy our city. Santa tells us that lighting the oldest tree in America is one of his favorite things of the season – a truly magical family night out!”
Families are invited to take photos with Santa at the RE/MAX440 building at 7th and Market streets, and you’ll find more photos with costumed characters or visiting reindeer, as well as the Bloom Flower Company exhibit.
Aerial acrobatics, excerpts from The Nutcracker by Shannon Carney Dance Academy dancers, Revivals Block Party, traveling carolers, live music, hot cocoa, food vendors, free horse and carriage rides, ballerinas in storefronts, giveaways from event sponsors, and special shopping and dining offers complete the special evening.
Other weekend events
Perkasie Towne Improvement Association presents First Friday from 5-8pm on December 2nd. The Perkasie Nostalgic Holiday Train will be on display at the Electric Building at 120 N. 7th St from noon to 8pm on Friday and Saturday. The Perkasie Historical Society on West Walnut Street is hosting a Polar Express themed storytime (4 p.m.) and a showing of Christmas in Perkasie starting at 3 p.m., Saturday. Families can catch Santa on Friday night as he makes his way around Perkasie neighborhoods, and on Saturday afternoon when everyone gets a free ride on the historic carousel at Menlo Park in Perkasie.
“Families can enjoy a truly festive weekend in Perkasie,” said Linda Reid, community development manager for the district. “There’s so much going on. We have listed these events on the Tree Lighting page on our website, and the Perkasie Borough Facebook page has changing and up-to-date information.”
America’s Oldest Tree Lighting and all the free family fun wouldn’t be possible without the support of major sponsors: American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Gilmore and Associates The Gutter Guys, A&T Chevrolet-Subaru and the IT Landes Home Team. Perkasie Borough would also like to thank Thrivent Financial, Laurel Abstract, Grim Biehn & Thatcher and Dunkin’ Perkasie for their support.
For more information on this year’s event, visit www.perkasieborough.org. Questions at 215-257-5065 or email@example.com