Perkasie Borough Presents America’s Oldest Community Tree Lighting Ceremony
Mary Poppins and Bert will fly in to Perkasie’s town center for the nation’s oldest community Tree Lighting Ceremony, from 5pm to 8pm on Saturday, December 7. Now in its 110th year, Perkasie’s traditional ceremony began in 1909 and is officially the oldest community tree lighting ceremony in the United States.
Santa arrives to light the tree at 7pm at this traditional family event. He rides in on a Perkasie Borough Electric Department truck, then travels to the very top of the tree to turn on the lights. One lucky child will climb on the stage and flip the switch to help Santa light the tree: every child who brings a non-perishable food item for Pennridge FISH is entered into a drawing to win the honor.
5:00pm: Event attractions open. Horse & Carriage Rides begin; Food Vendors open
5:15pm: Mayor Hollenbach recites “T’was the Night Before Christmas”.
5:30pm: Pennridge School singing groups
6:15pm: Mike Greer & Co
7:00pm: SANTA ARRIVES!
7:20pm: Mike Greer & Co
7:30pm: Photos with Santa
8:00pm: Event closes
This year’ exciting special attractions include:
- a heated entertainment tent with carols and rocking holiday music;
- free horse and carriage rides
- a visit from Mary Poppins & Bert
- a strolling 10′ elf on stilts!
- roving Barbershop Quartet, Ring the Rafters
- food trucks and stalls and town center restaurant specials
- live store window displays and all-day shopping specials in town
Visit the Perkasie Electric Department at 120 N. 7th St to see Doug Kramer’s Nostalgic Holiday Train Display from noon until 8pm on December 6-7.
Local churches open with seasonal displays and events, hot cocoa, cookies and more.
The Perkasie Historical Society is open on W. Walnut St.
Everyone rides FREE at the Perkasie Carousel at Menlo Park from noon until 5pm on Dec. 7. Santa and Mrs Claus will be there.
The annual tree ornament, organized by the Perkasie Towne Improvement Association, will be on sale this evening
PARKING RESTRICTIONS AND ROAD CLOSURES: Parking restrictions begin at 2pm and road closures are in effect from 3pm until 8:30pm. The following roads will be closed to traffic and must be cleared of all vehicles:
7th St. from Chestnut St. to Arch St.
6th St. from Chestnut St. to market St.
Market St. from 8th St. to 6th St.
Chestnut St. from 7th St. to 6th St.
Market Alley is closed at 7th St.
ADA Parking for this event is in the Borough Hall parking lot at 7th & Chestnut. Please access from 7th St.