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The holiday season is a magical time in any community, but that is especially true for the Lebanon Valley. Take a drive down Cumberland Street in Lebanon on any given evening and you’ll be dazzled by the tree-lined street decked out in Christmas lights. Scenery aside, Lebanon Valley offers no shortage of opportunities to partake in the festivities that come with Christmas.
For the shopper in you, there are many ways to support small, local businesses. On November 28th, Palmyra, Annville, Lebanon and small towns across the nation offer special sales for Small Business Saturday. Connect with the sales and specials via Facebook - just type in the community you are looking for and you’ll be able to scope out all of the specials offered that day.
Head out to Lebanon’s Christkindl Market located in the Coleman Memorial Park at 1400 Maple Street in Lebanon. The 3rd annual event will be held on December 5 from 9-4. This one day event is a festive, outdoor market run by various churches, organizations,and residents. You’ll find unique gifts, handmade crafts and treats. Children will love the Elf School, where they can participate in crafts and receive a diploma! While you are there, enjoy the music and entertainment.
The Community of Lebanon Organization offers its annual Holiday Parade down Cumberland Street in Lebanon. After the parade ends, Santa will shimmy down the roof of the historic Lebanon Farmer’s Market where he will be available to greet children.
Another magical event is the Holiday Carriage Rides, offered on Friday December 4th and 11th. Come to the Visit Lebanon Valley office at 31 S. 8th Street in Lebanon to sign up for your carriage ride. While you wait, enjoy the adjacent Farmer’s Market, Christmas Music, and on the 11th - letter writing to Santa. While on the Carriage Ride, Santa’s Elves will greet the children to take the letter to Santa. You may just receive a reply by returning to the market on December 18th or 19th!
The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its festive Christmas traditions. During December, the Chamber hosts two of its most well-attended events. These celebrations are highlights for the Chamber’s members and for the Lebanon Valley community, drawing everyone together in a spirit of unity.
The ultimate draw of the Chamber’s Women in Business Committee’s Annual Holiday Luncheon is, by far, its silent auction. Upwards of 60-70 premier items go up for bid every year, creating a friendly yet competitive bidding atmosphere. Proceeds from the silent auction benefit the committee’s Non-Traditional Student Scholarship. Highlights of the luncheon also include a special holiday performance by the Lebanon Community Theatre’s Traveling Troupe and delicious food. Donations for Toys for Tots, the Humane Society of Lebanon County, and Lebanon County Christian Ministries will likewise be collected. This year’s luncheon, sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank, will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 11:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Country Club (3375 Oak St., Lebanon).
The Annual Breakfast brings together the membership to celebrate another great year with the Chamber. The Annual Breakfast is also the event where dedicated citizens are recognized for their significant contributions to the local community. Highlights of the breakfast include the presentation of various awards, remarks from the 2015 and 2016 board chairs, and the introduction of the outgoing and incoming officers, directors and committee chairs. In 2016, the Chamber will be turning 100, and will kick off its centennial celebration at the breakfast!
This year’s Annual Breakfast, sponsored by Metro Bank, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at StoneRidge Retirement Living (440 E. Lincoln Ave., Myerstown).
For more calendar of events and things to do in the Lebanon Valley, find us online at VisitLebanonValley.com, or connect with us on Twitter or Facebook.
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