Celebration surrounds 25th edition of Heritage Christmas

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
The horse and buggy rides were popular. Tickets may be reserved for the next two Friday nights by calling the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce at 597-4610.

The 25th anniversary of Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas festivities will continue Friday, Dec. 11 and 18, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., complete with horse and wagon rides, visits and pictures with Santa, caroling on the square, cookie decorating, puppet shows, hot chocolate, apples and other goodies and festivities.

Horse and wagon rides are available in advance at the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce or at the Holiday House the night of the event. The cost is $8 for a 20-minute ride and $12 for a 45-minute ride. Rides are offered Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 from 5:30-9 p.m. and begin and end on the square.

In addition to the Friday night activities on the square, Heritage Christmas is once again offering an annual home tour, sponsored by Coldwell Banker, scheduled on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 5 p.m. This year five homes and one church will be featured on the tour. Tickets are $15 in advance and are available by calling the chamber office at 597-4610 or emailing info@greencastlepachamber.org

The third annual Christmas ‘Light It Up’ contest with cash and gift card prizes will be held for homeowners on Baltimore Street, Red Oak Estates, Moss Springs and Washington Street, with judging happening the week of Dec. 14. Additionally, luminaries will line the streets of Baltimore and Carlisle streets on the evenings of Dec. 11 and 18.

To close out the season, the Chamber of Commerce will be ringing in the New Year at  Blue Heron Event Center.

“We wanted a way to celebrate with the entire community and also set the stage for a New Year with new initiatives and new opportunities for our wonderful businesses and volunteers that help make Greencastle such a great place to live, work and play,” said Cranston.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, contact the chamber.

“We are so blessed as a community to have so many wonderful sponsors and community organizations who are willing to donate so much time and so many resources to help make Heritage Christmas such a great event,” said Marissa Pinto Burt, co-chair of Heritage Christmas.

“It just spotlights the community and how closely knit it is to come together and have this celebration for Christmas.”

A complete list of activities can be viewed by visiting the chamber website at www.greencastlepachamber.org/community/traditions or by picking up a brochure of activities at the Holiday House located on the square or in the chamber office during normal business hours.

For more information about Heritage Christmas, or to purchase a 25th anniversary commemorative ornament featuring the iconic Clock Tower, call the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce at 717-597-4610 or visit the website:

visit www.greencastlepachamber.org/communtiy/traditions

Friday, Dec. 11

Heritage Christmas activities

on the square

• Luminary Lighting, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

• Entertainment — Greencastle-Antrim high and middle school choirs, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Harpist Sally Lay, 7 to 8 p.m.

• Horse/Wagon Rides 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (tickets available at the Holiday House)

• Santa pictures, 5:30 to 8 p.m., near BB&T Bank

• Boy Scouts, soup and/or hot dogs, freewill or canned good donation

• Decorating Christmas cookies, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Greencastle Church of the Brethren, 36 S. Carlisle St.

• “God’s Promise Kept: Christmas”, stories, songs and games for children, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Church of the Brethren, 36, S. Carlisle St.

• Make and Take Christmas Ornament, 6 to 8 p.m., Anna’s Paperworks

• Democratic Club, free hot chocolate, 6 to 8 p.m.; Rhodes Grove Camp and Conference Center, free smores; Tri-M National Music Honor Society baked goods.

• Spaghetti dinner, 5 to 7 p.m., Greencastle Church of the Brethren, 36 A. Carlisle St., benefit Greencastle-Antrim bands

• Extended shopping hours, downtown Greencastle

Saturday, Dec. 12

• Holiday music on the square

Sunday, Dec. 13

Heritage Christmas Home Tour

1 to 5 p.m.

Tickets $15, sold in advance at Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce and the shop.

Remaining tickets sold for $20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 on the square at the Holiday House.

Tour includes five homes and one church.

• Christmas candlelight service and cantata, 6 p.m., Ebenezer United Brethren in Christ Church

Friday, Dec. 18

Heritage Christmas Activities

on the square

• Luminary Lighting, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

• Entertainment — Brandt’s Church Hand Bell Choir, 7 p.m.

• Horse/Wagon Rides 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (tickets available at the Holiday House)

• Santa pictures, 5:30 to 8 p.m., near BB&T Bank

• Boy Scouts, soup and/or hot dogs, freewill or canned good donation

• Decorating Christmas cookies, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Greencastle Church of the Brethren, 36 S. Carlisle St.

• “God’s Promise Kept: Christmas”, stories, songs and games for children, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Church of the Brethren, 36, S. Carlisle St.

• Greencastle-Antrim Art Club, on the square

• Extended shopping hours, downtown Greencastle

Saturday, Dec. 19

• Holiday music on the square

Thursday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Blue Heron Events Center

8 p.m. to midnight

Crafts, music, streaming from New York City, snacks, moon bounce, movies.

$25 per family (chamber members and employees)

$35 per family (non-members)