WILKES-BARRE — When Santa Claus comes to town next week, he’ll tie up traffic during the Christmas Parade.
The parade starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. But in preparation for the festivities, portions of Main Street and connecting streets will be closed from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The affected streets:
• South Main Street from Public Square to Sullivan Street
• Northampton Street from South Franklin to South Washington streets
• Hazle Street from South Pennsylvania Avenue to Franklin Street
• South Street from South Franklin to South Washington streets
• Market Street from South Franklin to South Washington streets
• North Main Street from Public Square to Union Street
“No Parking” notices will be posted along the parade route. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed beginning at 1:30 p.m. Participants and spectators are advised to use public parking facilities throughout the city and avoid unauthorized parking in private lots. Parade parking is not permitted in the Volunteers of America/Save-A-Lot/Family Dollar lot at Hazle and South Main streets and vehicles will be towed if parked there.
The parade will start at South Main and South streets and travel north to Public Square, passing the F.M. Kirby Center, the reviewing stand and ending at North Main and Union streets. Spectators are asked to stay on the sidewalks and behind fencing along the parade route.
Service Electric Broad Band Wilkes-Barre Channel 19 and WYLN TV 35 have partnered for a live television broadcast of the parade with coverage beginning at 3 p.m.
Free, family-friendly events will be held in the downtown before the parade:
• 11:30 a.m.: “Whoville” activities at Barnes & Noble bookstore on South Main Street will include face painting, “Who-Hair” styling, coloring activities and story time.
• 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Making a Difference Ministries presents “Broken Road Duo” on Public Square
• 1:30 p.m.: YOUniversal Suzuki String will play in the lobby of the F.M Kirby Center
• 2 p.m.: A Christmas carol sing-a-long with Ms. Ruthy Stock on Public Square
The tree-lighting ceremony will take place on Public Square immediately following the parade. This year’s tree was donated by Bobbie Shendock of Forty Fort.
Complimentary hot chocolate will be provided by the Salvation Army and the Wilkes-Barre Lions Club.
Parade sponsors include: Franchelli Enterprises, Northeast Cartage & Recycling Solutions LLC, Stell Enterprises, Boscov’s, Geisinger Health System, PennEastern Engineers LLC, PNC Bank, Rodano’s, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications, and Visit Luzerne County. Mountain Productions will provide the fencing.