NB Christmas lights

REDBANK VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE volunteers, with a big lift from local electrician Bill Reddinger, put up the Christmas lights in downtown New Bethlehem last week. Holiday festivities throughout the area get underway this week, including New Bethlehem’s Christmas parade this Saturday at 1 p.m.

NEW BETHLEHEM – New Bethlehem, Rimersburg, East Brady and other area communities will kick off the Christmas season this week with a long list of activities that include light-up nights, parades, craft shows, light displays and visits by Santa Claus.

In the Redbank Valley, the Christmas Wonderland drive-through light display will return to Redbank Valley Municipal Park in Alcola. The display will debut this Friday, Dec. 1, and continue Friday and Saturdays for the first three weekends in December. The display will be open from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and the $5 admission per vehicle benefits the local park.

A Live Nativity display will be held at the Christmas Wonderland on the evening of Dec. 2 presented by St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

Nearby in New Bethlehem, the Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. along Broad Street. Parade lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. in Gumtown Park and local groups, churches, businesses and others are welcome to sign up to join in the event.

After the parade, area children are welcome to visit the New Bethlehem Fire Hall for the annual Snack With Santa. Children can meet Santa, have photos taken and pick up a treat bag at that time.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, the New Bethlehem Fire Hall will be the home of the Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Open House, featuring more than 20 vendors with cash and carry items. Held from 6 to 9 p.m., the event will benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Light refreshments will be served and there with be a Chinese auction and prizes.

In Rimersburg, festivities begin this Sunday, Dec. 3, with the annual Patriotic Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. at the Rimersburg Methodist Church. The concert will feature performances by the Union High School Small Ensemble, The Allegheny Boys, The Visions, Special K and Shades of Harmony. An offering will be taken during the concert to benefit the Rimersburg Veterans Memorial Park and Museum.

Light Up Night will follow in Rimersburg on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Park. And Santa Claus will make his debut in the community on Saturday, Dec. 16, as the Rimersburg Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual free event at the Rimersburg Community Building from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will include photos with Santa, food, games and the making of a holiday picture frame.

East Brady’s festivities also kick off this weekend with the We Believe Light-Up Night on Saturday, Dec. 2. Events being held throughout the day culminate in the Veterans Memorial Park along Kellys Way for the lighting of the park and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus at 5 p.m. For more details, see the story in today’s L-V.

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