Lehighton kicks off the holidays – Times News Online

Published December 06, 2021 1:45 PM

Santa continued his tour of Carbon County on Sunday at the Lehighton Tree Lighting and Christmas Celebration in downtown parks.

Santa Claus arrived at 3 p.m. in a Lehighton Fire Company fire truck and was greeted by the many children and adults in front of the community building.

Santa Claus and the children would then decorate a tree in front of the church building, and then he would greet the children with candy canes while they told him about their Christmas presents all afternoon.

People enjoyed the delicious food from Pancho’s Mexican Food Truck in Lehighton; the candy floss and funnel cake pendant; and Debbie’s Pie in the Sky Bakery, Albrightsville.

The children also played and did handicrafts, and volunteers from the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development were on site to register the children for the bicycle competition.

At 5.30 p.m. the winners of the bicycles were drawn in the amphitheater, at 6 p.m. the Christmas tree and all the individual trees in the two inner city parks were illuminated. The Pale Moon Players entertained the crowd with some Christmas carols.

Autumn Abelovsky, a member of the local council and the park and recreation committee, thanked everyone for attending.

“It feels so good to be back together for a personal tree lighting ceremony,” Abelovsky said.

This is the sixth year that Lehighton Park people can sponsor trees.

“Last year we couldn’t get together safely so we made the sad but necessary decision to make some changes to our event. We did gradual lighting over the weekend and lit the big tree, as well as touring all of the trees in a live Facebook event, ”Abelovsky said.

This video received over 40,000 views from people around the world.

The district will again offer a virtual tour live on Facebook on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Lehighton Mayor Clark Ritter thanked everyone who volunteered to make the event possible: Lehighton Borough Office and Administration, the Public Works Team, the Power and Light Department, the BHA students, Lehighton Fire Department, Lehighton Police Department, The Pale Moon Players, Lehighton Borough Council, and everyone who decorated a tree in the two downtown parks.

The sponsors of the celebration were: AOK heating, air conditioning and electrics; Ateira is on First Street; the Carbon County Community Foundation; Dance with Kim Studio of Performing Arts; Flexer masonry; Home comfort solutions; Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank; Koehler Marvin Realty; Kreitz refrigeration, heating and air conditioning systems Mobile Services; Lehigh Fire Co. No. 1 Social Club; Lehigh Valley Health Network; Lehighton Outdoor Center; Liberty auto glass; ReMax Immobilien, Pam Gotthard; Stan Graver sales and service; Ovsak Funeral Home; NextEra Energy, which donated lighting and decorations; and Crystal Spring Tree Farm for the many trees in the park.

The Pale Moon Players entertained the crowd with some Christmas carols while the tree was lit in Lehighton Park. You can find more tree light ceremonies on pages 3, 5 and 7. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF / SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Santa comes to the Lehighton Christmas Festival courtesy of the Lehighton Fire Company. JAMES LOGUE JR./SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS