Tower City Rotary Club’s annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, Sunday, Dec. 1, town square, 400 block of Grand Avenue. After the lighting, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet all of the children. This year’s tree will be lit by Kim Jansen, Rotary’s Citizen of the Year for 2019. The children’s Christmas movie will begin at 4:30 p.m. with Mr. and Mrs. Claus on hand. Free movie and refreshments, 4:40 p.m., Trinity United Church of Christ.
Barry Twp. Tree Lighting, Sunday, Dec. 1, 6 to 8 p.m. (Free for the children of Barry Twp.) Food, gifts and a visit from Santa. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Christmas celebration, Sunday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m., Greenwood Fire Station, 37727-41 Birney Ave., Moosic. Borough of Moosic and Greenwood Fire Department host a community Christmas tree-lighting event with caroling led by Viking Voices. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, school clubs and other groups are invited to help decorate the tree with homemade ornaments. Details: Call the fire station at 570-961-9454.
Marywood University annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m. (Free) Rotunda of the school’s Liberal Arts Center, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Open to the public. Includes music by Marywood’s Music, Theatre, and Dance department. marywood.edu.
Keeping Christ in Christmas Hymn Singing, Thursday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m., Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Tree-lighting ceremony takes place inside the courthouse. 570-825-1500 or luzernecounty.org.
Pine Grove Christmas Light Committee annual Christmas tree lighting, Saturday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m. Lights will be lit on poles throughout the town. A 30-foot Christmas tree will be lit at the end of the program by a child whose name will be drawn that day. Includes Santa with gifts for children, free hot dogs and hot chocolate, a drawing for the children for one boy’s and one girl’s bicycle, Pine Grove Community Band and Teen Challenge performance, Pine Grove Area JROTC presenting the colors, a prayer and the mayor’s talk.
Fifth annual Duryea Christmas Stroll, Saturday, Dec. 7, 4:30 to 8 p.m., Main Street, Duryea. Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas with a tree lighting in front of the municipal building, horse-drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa, Christmas caroling, face painting, assorted vendors, food and much more. Main Street merchants will be open late with special offers for patrons. And, guests also can vote for the People’s Choice Award for the business with the best decorated Christmas tree.
Pottsville Mayor’s Christmas Party and tree-lighting, Saturday, Dec. 7; Santa arrives by fire truck, 5:30 p.m., Garfield Square; dedication ceremony with Mayor James T. Muldowney, city council and recreation commission members and representatives from Hexcel, 5:45 p.m.; formal lighting follows.
Snow Forge, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 to 6 p.m., downtown Old Forge. Features Santa’s Village Craft Fair, a Festival of Trees, a trolley ride with Mrs. Claus, the lighting of Old Forge’s Christmas tree on the borough building lawn, pictures with Santa and a horse-drawn wagon ride.
Annual West Pittston Christmas Tree Lighting, Sunday, Dec. 8, 4:30 p.m. There will be gift bags, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies, and of course the man in the big red suit will be making an appearance as well.
Caitlin Heaney West is the content editor for Access NEPA and oversees the Early Access blog in addition to working as a copy editor and staff writer for The Times-Tribune. An award-winning journalist, she is a summa cum laude graduate of Shippensburg University and also earned a master’s degree from Marywood University. Caitlin joined the Times-Shamrock family in 2009 and lives in Scranton. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5107; or @cheaneywest