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Parking improvements added to 2nd Christmas at Plum Creek festivities

Michael DiVittorio
| Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
Members of the Plum High School Chorus and Band entertained with a variety of Christmas carols at the inaugural Christmas at Plum Creek event.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune-Review
Members of the Plum High School Chorus and Band entertained with a variety of Christmas carols at the inaugural Christmas at Plum Creek event.

Plum officials are working to make the borough's second Christmas at Plum Creek tree lighting festival bigger and better.

Thousands are expected to flock to Plum Creek Park along New Texas Road on Nov. 30 to see Santa, ice sculptures, reindeer, horse-drawn carriages and more. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m.

“I think everybody loves Christmas and the event is actually a gift to the community, especially since all the events are free,” said Christmas at Plum Creek coordinator Mona Costanza.

“We want families to come down and enjoy themselves and get in the Christmas spirit.”

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Parking is available at the following locations, with shuttles providing transportation to the event starting at 4:30 p.m.:

• Plum High School, 900 Elicker Road.

• Plum Public Works, 2001 Old Mine Road.

• St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 418 Unity Center Road.

• Amplify Church, 9400 Saltsburg Road.

Parking at the borough building across from the park will be reserved for people with disabilities and volunteers with permits.

“We're making an effort to move the parking away from the event to make it better for everybody,” Councilman John Anderson said.

Only two shuttles were provided from the high school for the inaugural event, and people struggled to find spaces near the park.

Costanza said additions to the festival include food trucks from Dad's Pub & Grub, Edgar's Tacos and Pittsburgh Smokehouse, another carriage because of popular demand for that ride and a main stage for live entertainment.

Plum students will be collecting donations for their toy drive.

Churches and local organizations will have tents full of information and activities for families and children.

The event is sponsored by the borough and Plum Rotary, with contributions from numerous businesses and groups.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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