The hustle and bustle of the holiday season are upon us. And, what better way to celebrate then by taking a page out of our rich history.
The inaugural “Holiday on the Square,” an old-fashioned marketplace full of art, artisans and traditional novelties, will be held on Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7, on Courthouse Square. The event will be reminiscent of the 16th century German tradition of Christmas markets, allowing vendors to sell their unique regional wares.
The outdoor festival is being coordinated by the Lackawanna County Commissioners Corey D. O’Brien, Jim Wansacz and Patrick M. O’Malley, the County’s Arts & Culture Department, ScrantonMade, Scranton Tomorrow and the County’s Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“Holiday on the Square” will feature over 50 vendors, live music and children’s activities. Some 30 downtown businesses are participating by offering open-house specials, coupons, discounts, special activities, and complimentary treats as part of “Shop Scranton.”
The festival will run from 5 PM – 9PM on Friday and 11 AM – 6 PM on Saturday. A heated shopping tent will be located in the N. Washington Avenue side of Courthouse Square.
An activity tent will be set-up on the Linden Street section of Courthouse Square. It will feature free holiday arts-oriented kids programs, directed by The Everhart Museum, the Lackawanna County Library System and local artists. A gallery of nostalgic Scranton holiday photographs will also be on display.
On Saturday, 150 goodie bags will be given away, while the supply lasts. A “Shop Scranton” map will be available for people to plan where to stop for specials.
Seven Evergreen Christmas trees will be stationed on Linden Street and decorated with ornaments created by students from local schools and organizations. Youngsters from Valley View Elementary’s kindergarten, first and second grades are participating along with South Scranton Intermediate School and students from the ARTS Engage! Program.
The public can also decorate the trees by bringing an outdoor-ready ornament to hang when they come to the festival.
An “Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest,” sponsored by the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be held on Saturday at 2 PM in the shopping tent. Prizes for the ugliest, most creative, most festive, most hipster and the Judges’ Choice will be awarded. Winners will receive $100 worth of local Scranton business gift cards. Contestants should register for the contest at the shopping tent by 1:30 PM.
For more information on the “Holiday on the Square,” visit scrantonmadeholiday.com.