The start of the holiday season kicks off this week in Waynesboro and Greencastle, and whether you are preparing to deck your halls or are simply hoping for a holly jolly holiday, you'll find everything you need to make the season special — right here in your backyard.

Waynesboro wonders 

The holiday season in Waynesboro kicks off Thursday, Nov. 15, with a chamber mixer at the Ceramic Arts Center from 4 to 7 p.m., and the annual tree lighting will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, on the square.

Those who wish to shop small can visit a variety of holiday pop-up shops, which will debut Friday, Nov. 16.

The Waynesboro holiday parade will get underway at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, proceeding east on Main Street to Enterprise Avenue. 

Santa will arrive on Black Friday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m. at Main Street Park. The jolly one will roll into town on a motorcycle, sponsored by the Monterey Pass chapter of ABATE of Pa. The visit will include hot beverages, music and holiday activities in the park.

Santa's workshop will be open Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at 8 W. Main St.

Small Business Saturday will be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 24, at local businesses.

Holiday paint parties to support Mainstreet Waynesboro will be offered Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., and an hors d'oeuvres tray fundraiser will be offered Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. at Ceramic Arts Center, 13 S. Church St.. To register for the paint parties, visit

Boro Blast New Year's Eve will round out the season from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 at Main Street Park.

Sponsors of Waynesboro events include M&T Bank, Waynesboro Owls Club, Alma Oyer and Summit Health.

Greencastle gatherings 

The Christmas tree on Center Square in Greencastle, donated by the Bender family, will be lit during a ceremony from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The tree will feature strings of glittering white, green, blue and red lights as friends and family gather in the Square for the annual tree lighting ceremony.

The Christmas parade, sponsored by Verstandig Media, steps off at 9:21 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, from South Ridge Avenue.

Santa Claus will bring up the end of the parade, which will feature 60 to 70 entries, including bands, dance groups, twirlers, floats and local businesses, according to Stacey Haynes, Verstandig's promotions director and parade coordinator.

The parade will travel via Baltimore Street to Center Square, where the mailbox for letters to Santa will be unveiled. The route continues on South Carlisle Street and ends at the American Legion.

Homemade food and handmade crafts will be available at Greencastle Presbyterian Church’s 19th annual Christmas Bazaar and the High Line Train Station’s Handmade at the High Line craft show on the day of Greencastle's Christmas Parade. Both are located at the corner of West Baltimore and South Jefferson streets.

Greencastle Presbyterian Church will be serving hot soup and steamers as well as baked goods at the bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Call 717-597-8333 to preorder takeout of soup and steamers.

Local artisans will offer homemade jewelry, pottery, soap and crafts at the High Line Train Station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grace United Church of Christ, 128 E. Baltimore St., will sell apple dumplings in front of the church the morning of the parade.