To keep you apprised of all the fun events (many are FREE) you can attend to get in the holiday mood, we'll have Holiday Happenings posts on November 18, December 2 and December 16. Keep checking back on these three posts because they'll be updated as new events are promoted.
Friday, November 22
NEW! Greens Sale
Deadline to order fresh wreaths, swags, cemetery crosses and more from the Pottsville Free Public Library. Delivery is December 6. Call the library to order at 570-874-3382.
Sunday, November 24
Thanksgiving Worship Service
Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 4 pm
Several local musicians, including choirs, a brass quartet, hand bell choirs and a flutist will perform at the service.
FREE event. Non-perishable food donations and monetary donations for the Schuylkill Haven Area Food Pantry are welcome.
Thursday, November 28
Thanksgiving Community Service
At Zion United Methodist Church, Route 895 (Keim and School Streets) at 8 a.m.
Santa Claus Parade
Girardville at 5 pm
The parade will end at Girard Hose Company, East Main Street where children can meet Santa and receive treats.
Friday, November 29
NEW! Skydiving Santa
At Shenandoah Valley Veterans Memorial Stadium at 10:30 am
Santa will skydive into the stadium (weather permitting) and then participate in a parade through town. The first 200 children under 12 will receive a free gift.
Friday, November 29 - Saturday, November 30
NEW! Lighting of the Vineyard
At Benigna's Creek Vineyard & Winery, Klingerstown from 4 pm to 9 pm
Two acres of lights, bonfires, FREE event. ID required at this 21+ event.
Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 1
The Nutcracker by Schuylkill Ballet
A dance full of fairies, life-size nutcrackers, armies of mice and more followed by a meet and greet with all the talented dancers.
Tickets: at the door tickets $12, advance tickets adults $10, seniors/students $8, children ages 3-10 $6. Call 570-617-5616
Saturday, November 30
Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt
Start at Mud & Maker, Pottsville from 9 am to 3 pm
Scavenger Hunt for all ages to win prizes and visit local businesses. Dress for the weather!
NEW! Christmas Tree Lighting
At downtown Mahanoy City from 5 pm to 8 pm
Entertainment begins at 5 pm, parade on Centre Street from Elks building to Christmas tree starts at 6 pm, after tree lighting children can meet Santa at Humane Fire Company.
NEW! Sounds of Christmas
At St. Cecilia Hall, Catawissa Street, Mahanoy City from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Enjoy carols and a live Nativity scene (and more) where you can interact with shepherds, angels and other characters from the Christmas story. There will also be musical entertainment, homemade food for sale and the Mahanoy City tree lighting.
FREE event but free will offerings are accepted. The host ACTION (Active Christian Teens In Our Neighborhood) is also requesting individuals and businesses willing to help sponsor the event for $25 sponsorships.
NEW! Thanksgiving Dance
At Elks Lodge 1533, 307 S. Third Street, Frackville from 8 pm to 11 pm. Featuring the Mudflaps, light snacks and a cash bar.
Tickets: Advance tickets only. Contact 570-874-2500
Sunday, December 1
NEW! Photos with Santa and Pet
At Char-Will Kennels Training Center, 2 E. Railroad Avenue, New Ringgold from noon to 3 pm. Along with photos there will also be a bake sale and other activities.
NEW! Wreath Making Class
At Ashland Public Library at 3 pm
Make your own fresh wreath. All needed material (reusable wire form, assortment of greens, ribbons and decorations). If you have a special decoration or ribbon you'd like to use feel free to bring it to the class.
Cost: $35. Pre-registration and payment required. Call 570-875-3175
Holiday Concert with the Majestic Singers
Majestic Theater at 3 pm
Classic, gospel and contemporary holiday hits and refreshments.
Tickets: $8 adults, $5 students and seniors
NEW! Advent Workshop
At Salem United Methodist Church, 133 S. Liberty Street, Orwigsburg from 4 pm to 6 pm
Family event includes buffet supper and craft making. For more info call 570-449-6533
NEW! Winter Wonderland
At Yuengling Park, Pottsville from 4 pm to 7:30 pm
There will be a beautifully decorated park (come prepared to snap some pics), live reindeer, carriage rides ($5 per person), kids' crafts, singers, dancers, refreshments and wine.
NEW! Tree Lighting
At Tower City Town Square, 400 block of Grand Avenue at 4:30 pm
The day actually will start at Trinity United Church of Christ for refreshments, a Christmas movie and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
NEW! Tree Lighting
At Barry Community Center, 868 Deep Creek Road, Gordon from 6 pm to 8 pm
The FREE event includes food, gifts and a visit from Santa. Children must be accompanied by an adult.