Winter Wonderland Weekend

Winter Wonderland Weekend

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The Christmas Parade will line up and step-off in the old IAC parking lot south of Carlisle Fire & Rescue on Carlisle Springs Road. From there it will parade onto Hanover Street and end at South Street. "We need everyone to know it is a new marshalling area from year's past. We are grateful to Carlisle Events to allow us to use this much larger area." Stated Glenn White, Executive Director of the DCA.
East North Street has traditionally been the lineup area for parades in downtown. It was deemed unsafe due to darkness, units pulling in early before the street closed, and the inability for residents to get to their homes as some roads were closed. "While it looks further, it is about the same distance in marching as the North Street location" White concluded.
Fun will happen before the parade as costumed characters will make appearances along the parade route. Costumed super-hero characters, from the Enchanted Teapot, will interact with guests and give photo opportunities before and after the parade. "The characters really liven up the crowd and make the event more memorable" stated Jim Griffith, parade co-chair.

Unlike the Halloween Parade that ends at Willow, Santa Claus will make a U-turn before South Street and come back up to the Square to light the tree and take place in after parade holiday fun.

Our annual Christmas parade will feature various floats, marching bands, and specialty groups. Judges will be looking at creativity from each participant along with how well they incorporate the holiday spirit. "I am delighted to be working with my 3 esteemed judges who represent our town on a day to day basis and thankful for their after-hours dedication as well" shares Lisa Marie from Amani, Lead Parade Judge, and parade co-chair. Winners will be announced as well as the prize money being mailed on Monday following the parade.

(8pm, immediately following parade)
Immediately following the parade, Santa returns to the square in his carriage to meet Mayor Tim Scott, Paulo Oliveira of F&M Trust, and Tracie Martin of UPMC Pinnacle, and characters from the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet to receive the "Key to Carlisle" and lighting of Carlisle's Christmas tree. As in past years, and with the help of the community's Christmas Spirit, Santa is expected to throw his magic "Christmas-Spirit Dust" to light up the Christmas Tree on Veteran's Courtyard.
This year Santa will also light up Veteran's Courtyard in thousands of twinkle lights, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, White Circle Club, Carlisle Garden Club and Carlisle Community. The lights were needing replaced as they started to cut into the trees in the square, so on November 16, volunteers came out to re-wrap the trees and renew this downtown tradition.

(8:30pm, on Veteran's Courtyard)
Following the tree lighting, Santa will lead the first community carol, "Jingle Bells". A local acapella group will then lead the crowd in additional songs.
Lyrics to the songs are provided at the square, courtesy of the DCA's Community Caroling song books, designed by the Charles Bruce Foundation and sponsored by Create-A-Palooza, and the Downtown Carlisle Association.
These will be on-site at Veteran's Courtyard and free-of-charge.

FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA (8:30pm - 9:30pm near Santa's House, Veteran's Courtyard)
Following Santa's leading of the first Christmas Carol, he will be available for FREE photos, sponsored by Revelation Photography. Find Santa at Veteran's Courtyard seated on his throne next to his red "Santa House", restored by the Tuckey Restoration, Inc. last year. Peek inside Santa's House to see the newly decorated interior. Take a step back in history while you view the framed historic photos of Christmas in Carlisle, courtesy of the Cumberland County Historical Society's photograph collection.
You can take pictures with your own cameras, or the DCA will print pictures taken by Revelation Photography and mail them to each participant prior to the holiday.

As the evening events warm your spirit, the Downtown Carlisle Association and The Charles Bruce Foundation will offer delicious Hot Cocoa and Cider to warm your body at the frosty-blue colored "Alpine Haus" on the square, from 6pm to 9pm (or sooner if we run-out, so come early and often).
Also available at the Alpine Haus is the next in a series of DCA-designed Carlisle Commemorative Christmas Ornaments! This year's ornament features a celebration of CPYB's Marcia Dale Weary with the famous George Balanchine's The Nutcracker ballet ®. The ornament is the result of extensive collaboration and research between the DCA Christmas Parade Committee and CPYB. The ornament is expected to sell out, therefore people are encouraged to visit the parade or downtown stores early. The cost of the ornament is $15.

Kids and parents can walk around to downtown businesses and collect their full set of 35 cards to play some fun card games with your friends and family. These free cards collectible cards have downtown businesses graphically painted on the card with playing numbers. Individual cards can be found at the corresponding business. The card game rules and carrying bag can be collected at Create-A-Palooza at 11 East High Street. Local art teacher Karen Griffith of Create-A-Palooza created the cards. The games can be played as a memory/matching game or collect them all for a game of WAR. Locations for the cards are:

The Sunrise Café Hook & Flask
the greatest gift Market Cross Pub
Redd's BBQ North Hanover Grill
Seve-N-Dots American Artisan Gallery
Burds Nest Brewery No Common Scents
Kindred Kaboodle Gilded Door
CreateAPalooza Denim Coffee
ReMax Realtors Exquisite Chocolates
Bella Bridesmaids Earth Artisan Outfitters
Boutique on Pomfret
Pat Craig Studios CALC
Spoons Café Mummert Chocolate
Marjorie's Gems Carlisle Theater
The Pie Haus Yoga at Simply Well
The clothesVine Yak N Yeti
Miss Ruth's Time Bomb C-Luv Thrift Shop
Civil Eyes'd Tutto
Salon Soleil

Benchfield Farms offers carriage rides immediately after the parade and throughout the evening. Buy your tickets and catch a ride on the corner of West Church Street and Hanover, just south of the Old Court House. Benchfield Farms will offer weekend carriage rides throughout December, Fridays from 6pm to 9pm, and Saturdays from 5pm to 9pm. Horse and Carriage rides are available December 23rd and 24th by reservation only. Cost is $5 per adult and $3 for children 6 - 12 years old. Children 5 and under ride for free (with an adult). Call -Benchfield Farms 717-776-6492 for reservations.

(5pm - 10:30pm (before and after the parade), Create-A-Palooza)
Create-A-Palooza, located at 11 East High Street, will host a Christmas ornament painting event after the parade until 10:30pm. Cost to paint an ornament is $6.

The holiday celebration doesn't end on parade night. The celebration continues throughout the weekend.
DOUGHNUTS WITH SANTA (9am-11am, Bosler Memorial Library)
Santa is back, bright and early Saturday morning for Doughnuts with Santa at the Bosler Memorial Library. Bring your camera and enjoy this wonderful morning with your family. There will be doughnuts, sponsored by Bimbo Bakery, fruit, coffee and juice for children and their families.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA (1pm to 4pm, Santa House by the Old Courthouse)
Santa will be available again for FREE photos, sponsored by Revelation Photography at Veteran's Courtyard seated on his throne next to his red "Santa House".
You can take pictures with your own cameras, but the DCA will print pictures taken by Revelation Photography and mail them to each participant prior to the holiday.

STORYTELLING WITH MRS. CLAUS (1pm, Whistlestop Bookshop)
Saturday, at 1pm, Mrs. Claus will be at the Whistlestop Bookshop, located at 129 West High Street for storybook time. Everyone can gather 'round Mrs. Claus as she reads from the great holiday classics, such as "Twas the Night Before Christmas".

Miss Ruth's Time Bomb presents the 6th Annual Market of Curiosities. You'll find a three-ring circus of exceptional holiday gifts to stir your imagination, relish the flavorful tastes of fine micro-brews, delicious foods, and be beyond entertained by the fabulous Circus Stella and Fleet Family Five. All these spectacles of amusements take place under the big top of the Carlisle Expo Center.

WHITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE (7 pm - Carlisle Theater)
The Carlisle Theater is hosting their annual showing of White Christmas at 7 pm, sponsored by Glenn White & Family. This classic holiday movie features Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Judy Haynes to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont to assist their former WWII Commander's failing Bed and Breakfast.

After the great job everyone did with the Halloweekend store window contest in downtown Carlisle, Destination Carlisle will be holding another window decorating contest for the December holidays. But this time, they are working with Amani
DoveFest and will be decorating
doves to incorporate in windows that will then be auctioned off for charity. Downtown businesses' contributions will be using creativity to decorate doves for the auction, dressing beautiful holiday windows for everyone to enjoy. Monies donated to the window
decorating contest will go to Amani's chosen charity this year, Warm the Children, a program that provides shopping trips to families in need to be sure their children have adequate clothing for winter.

The contest
will kick off on Small Business Saturday, November 30, and Passports to participating locations will be available throughout downtown in businesses and restaurants and online. Voting will end on Thursday, December 12, when our doves will fly over to the 1st
United Church of Christ for display during DoveFest, which takes place on Saturday, December 14. See the Destination Carlisle Facebook page for more information.

Santa will be back downtown on Sunday, December 8, and Saturday, December 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. for free appearances, activities, and Christmas music at the Old Courthouse. Hosted by Create-A-Palooza and co-sponsored by the DCA, the Charles Bruce Foundation, RED 102.3 FM, and the Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Project, feel free to stop by and drop off your Santa Wishlist and get your keepsake picture with Santa.

Amani will partner with Warm The Children program for this year's event at the First United Church of Christ at 30 North Pitt Street, Carlisle. Proceeds raised at DoveFest will help provide winter clothing for families in need.

This is the 2nd Dove Fest by Amani. In the
first year, DoveFest raised over $1,400 for the Carlisle Community! AMANI will be giving wooden doves to be decorated, designed, and diversified to various downtown businesses and organizations in order to highlight PEACE.

There will be friendly competition! This will
include "spare change" voting. Vote for your favorite dove display with your spare change! It is that simple.

We will also hold a Silent Auction. This will
give everyone a chance to win and take home favorite dove display(s)! All proceeds will go to benefit the Carlisle community and support Amani's mission.

At DoveFest you can expect a display of over
100 doves, bake sale, music and hot chocolate!
Community members will come together to read this holiday classic. Each reader will read for 7 minutes. Message the Charles Bruce Foundation on Facebook (@CharlesBruceFoundation) if you want to participate in the reading. Hurry as spots are filling quickly!

For updates and more information see click for details or the Winter Wonderland Weekend Facebook Page

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Date: December 15, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm


Carlisle PA 17013

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