Lackawanna County has a couple of festive events planned for this week.

The county will light its Christmas tree Thursday, Dec. 5, at the flag plaza on the North Washington Avenue side of Lackawanna County Courthouse Square, Scranton. The program begins at 6 p.m. and will include hot chocolate and cookies donated by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO National and LaFesta Italiana of Lackawanna County and carols performed by the Catholic Choral Society. The tree then will be lit at about 6:15 p.m.

Then, on Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m., the Lackawanna County Winter Market will open in the 100 block of Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. The market will be open Friday from 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 100 block of Wyoming Avenue will close Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 7 a.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. to accommodate the setup and teardown of the market. No parking will be allowed on the block during that period. County employees can continue to park in the Bakery Lot but must enter and exit via Penn Avenue.

Short-term parking for handicapped vehicles will be available in front of Citizens Savings Bank at Wyoming and Lackawanna avenues.

For questions, contact Maureen McGuigan, the county’s deputy director of arts and culture, at 570-963-6590, ext. 102, or