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Scottdale schedules Winter Light Celebration

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 10:25 p.m.
Once again people get the chance to pose with Santa for a picture at Scottdale's Winter Light Celebration from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the borough's gazebo. Submitted

The Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce is once again gearing up for its annual Christmas celebration for the community.

The Winter Light Celebration is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Scottdale Gazebo and will once again include a visit and picture session with Santa.

Chamber member Jennifer Olack said pets also will be included this year for pictures with Rudolph, which actually is the Southmoreland Scotties' mascot dressed up like the famed red-nosed reindeer.

Hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee, homemade chili and other refreshments will be available and members of the Regional Family YMCA's Make-a-Difference club will be on hand for face painting and games.

The fire pits, which always are popular on chilly evenings, also will be in place to add an extra element of warmth.

Memorial ornaments will be available to decorate and add to the Remembrance Tree. They are on sale now and can be purchased at Fox's Pizza. Also as part of the evening, the Southmoreland High School choir and middle school band will provide some entertainment.

Another fun part of the evening will be the Gingerbread House contest. Applications can be picked up at Fox's Pizza, the Scottdale Library or Standard Bank.

This contest has a small twist to it. The house must be constructed of any other baking material except gingerbread. Olack said individuals can use a cookie, brownie, cake, muffin, noodle, Rice Krispy Treats, popcorn or any other base for the house.

Participants can enter individually, as a group, or as a family and the entries must have been constructed in 2012. The size limit is 24-by-24-inches wide and 36 inches high, including a two-inch base.

The completed creations must be delivered to the Winter Light Celebration between 4 and 5 p.m. on a supportive base and labeled with name, address and phone number.

The houses will be judged by popular vote, but there also will be a chamber “Choice” selection as well.

Following the winter light celebration, the creations will be on display at the library from Dec. 1-20.

New this year, the chamber is offering 12 days of giveaways.

“If you bring a new toy for Madisyn's Angels or a non-perishable food item for the food bank, you can sign up for a chance to participate in the drawings,” said Olack.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.