WILKES-BARRE — Families can enjoy a day full of festive fun and entertainment Saturday in conjunction with the city’s annual Christmas Parade and tree-lighting ceremony.
The pre-parade show begins at 2:45 p.m., with parade to follow at 3 p.m.
“The City of Wilkes-Barre is thrilled to offer many free, family-friendly activities in downtown Wilkes-Barre,” Mayor Tom Leighton said in a press release. “We hope the community will join us on Saturday to celebrate the parade and treelighting as a spectacular way to kick off the holiday season.”
The day’s events begin at 11 a.m. with story telling at Barnes & Noble on South Main Street. Children of all ages will be enchanted by a classic Christmas tale told by Mrs. Claus herself at the 90-minute event.
At 1:30 p.m., YOUniversal Suzuki Strings will perform at the F.M. Kirby Center. Talented young violinists, accompanied by a pianist, will perform in the lobby of the Kirby Center lobby.
Then at 2 p.m., Ruthy Stock will lead the crowd in a Christmas carol sing-along from the parade reviewing stand in front of the former former Martz Trailways location.
For those who want to show off their holiday spirit even more, Holiday Face Painting by Just Plain Crazy Face Art will provide face painting for $5 on Public Square from 2 to 6 p.m.
Santa Claus will, of course, be the featured attraction in the parade, which begins at the intersection of South and South Main Streets and ends at Public Square, where the jolly old elf will join Mayor Leighton as they flip the switch to illuminate the Christmas tree on Public Square.
Boscov’s will once again sponsor $5 photos with Santa to benefit Valley Santa. There will be complimentary hot chocolate and hot dogs from the Salvation Army and the Wilkes-Barre Lions Club. The Salvation Army’s canteen will be located in the center of the square.
Drivers are advised that South Main Street from Public Square to Ross Street will be closed 1:30 to 5 p.m. The following roads will also be closed during this time frame:
• Northampton Street, from South Franklin to South Washington Street;
• South Street, from South Franklin to South Washington Street;
• Market Street, from South Franklin to South Washington Street;
• North Main Street from Public Square to Union Street.