Christmas is coming to town this weekend

Shawn Hardy
Robert Wolff of GW Electric strung lights on Greencastle's Christmas tree Monday afternoon. GW Electric also cut down the tree, donated by the Bender family, and delivered it to Center Square. After the hard work, Wolff said there is a lot of satisfaction in attending the tree-lighting ceremony Friday night and seeing the lights come on with hundreds of people gathered on the square. The tree-lighting ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, followed by the Christmas parade at 9:21 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. SHAWN HARDY/ECHO PILOT

Greencastle's Christmas tree, donated by the Bender family, arrived on Center Square Monday morning and GW Electric continued to work for several days to prepare for the annual tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

The glittering white, green, blue and red lights on the tree will set the stage for the Christmas parade, sponsored by Verstandig Media, which steps off a 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.

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

After Thanksgiving, the Greencastle-Antrim community will continue in the holiday spirit with Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 24, Heritage Christmas on Fridays Dec. 7 and 14, the Heritage Christmas Home Tour on Sunday, Dec. 9, and other seasonal activities like the Light It Up contest.

For more information, call the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce at 717-597-4610.