Downtown Tunkhannock transforms into a living Christmas village as the community celebrates the 12th annual “Christmas in Our Hometown, Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7. The event attracts thousands from Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond to see the festive decorations, enjoy the entertainment and soak in the holiday atmosphere. Gannon Associates is returning as the presenting sponsor again this year.
The holiday events kick off with a 5:30 p.m. tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 7 th at Peoples Neighborhood Bank on Tioga Street. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the lighting ceremony to greet WBRE-TV Newscasters Drew Speier and Candice Kelly who are serving as Honorary Chairs. Live broadcasts from the event will be aired during WBRE’s several evening news programs.
Throughout the evening, visitors to “Christmas in Our Hometown” will be treated to ‘Living Window’ entertainment coordinated by Whipple Dance Studio, along with ice carvings, trolley rides, model train displays, wood carving, a free Christmas movie at the Dietrich, horse and wagon rides along with strolling carolers.
Organized by the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association; “Christmas in Our Hometown” has a tradition of being a gift to the community so that all activities are free to those attending. Additionally, many area churches, businesses and civic groups will be set up along historic Tioga and Bridge Streets to distribute free treats such as hot cocoa, roasted nuts, cider, cookies and candy. The Dietrich Theater is hosting the “Living Nativity” on the Bridge Street side of the theater both nights of the event.
Saturday activities kick off with a holiday workshop at the Dietrich, along with a cookie walk. This year, new Saturday activities include both a reindeer run and Christmas story readings for kids. Evening festivities get underway with a tree lighting at 5:30p.m. at Peoples Neighborhood Bank and also include the Living Windows, ice carving, Living Nativity, trolley rides, and horse and wagon rides with additional entertainment from Whipple Performing Arts Studio and other groups.
Among the highlights of the event are the beautiful street lamp decorations along Tioga and Bridge Streets. This year’s Street Light Sponsors are Taylor Rental and Ace Robbins Heating and Appliances. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be wandering throughout town and the stores, greeting visitors both evenings.
Visitors will also be able to participate in the return of “Wreaths Around Tunkhannock” a wreath hunt that encourages people to visit participating stores, identify the TPBA wreath and then get entered into a weekly prize drawing.
The 26th Annual Library Christmas Show "Christmas Traditions" Sat Dec 7 @ 7PM and Sun Dec 8 @ 3PM in Tunkhannock High School. Tickets Adults $8, seniors & children 12 & under $6, available at the Library, Greenwood's Furniture, chorus members or at the door.
This is a major fundraiser for the library and this year is a senior project for Taylor Burnham of Wyalusing school, Melissa Walker & Sommer Gaydos of TAHS. Participants are locals of all ages dancing, singing, playing instruments. The show was an idea of Jean Sick and Ron Kukuchka and has been a kickoff to the Christmas season since 1987. Individuals and groups, many who have participated for years, will delight the audience with their special performances. More information is available at www.tunk.com/library
Click below to get a schedule of Friday and Saturday activities.