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Hampton plans holiday celebration Dec. 7

| Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Get festive in Hampton with its annual Holiday Seasons Greetings celebration Dec. 7, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The free event is kicked off with a five-minute, low-level fireworks display by Pyrotecnico, said Bill Ryder, program supervisor for the township.

Fire trucks from Hampton Volunteer Fire Department and North Hampton Volunteer Fire Department will be bringing along Santa and Rudolph to meet families and children at the township's community center.

Shortly after, children can sit on Santa's lap and get a free photo, sponsored by a local Berkshire Hathaway realty office, said Ryder.

There will be hot chocolate and cookies and Ryder said someone playing holiday music via an electronic keyboard will be keeping things fun and festive. He said children usually get excited and start dancing while others just like to take it all in and socialize.

“It's a great time for the community to get together and see each other before their own celebrations,” said Ryder.

The community center staff decorate every year with holiday decor of the 1700s and 1800s era.

No registration is necessary, Ryder said.

And for those looking for more local celebrations, visit Hartwood Acres, located in both Hampton and Indiana townships, for its decorated mansion and Candlelight Tours, Nov. 27 and 28; Dec. 3 to 5; and Dec. 11 and 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., said Toni Hoffman, event coordinator. The event is by prepaid reservation only and cost is $6 per person for Allegheny County residents and $8 for non-residents.

“Every room is decorated, and we have (battery-operated) candles in the windows. The Gift Cottage has a wide array of holiday décor as well as unique gifts,” said Hoffman.

Hartwood Acres is a 629-acre site, complete with mansion, and picturesque stables and trails.

More information and registration can be done through the Allegheny County website.

Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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