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Christmas celebration set in Plum

Michael DiVittorio
| Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, 10:15 a.m.

Christmas is coming early to Plum.

The borough’s third annual holiday tree lighting festival, Christmas at Plum Creek, is set for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29, at Plum Creek Park.

Santa is expected to arrive around 6 p.m. to light the tree at the borough building, 4575 New Texas Road.

Festivities continue across the street in what promises to be a winter wonderland complete with horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, caroling, crafts, games and other activities.

Borough Manager Mike Thomas said just about everything at the festival is free except for the food vendors, and all are welcome.

“It’s not intended to be a religious event,” he said. “It’s just an opportunity to celebrate our community and have the kids meet Santa and some other characters this year.”

There will be free hot chocolate and Oakmont Bakery cookies.

A $1 donation is requested for the carriage rides. Proceeds go to the Plum Angel Fund, a charity designed to help residents in need have a happy holiday in December.

Council President Mike Doyle said he anticipates a big turnout and lots of Christmas cheer based on previous years.

“The first annual (festival) blew my mind,” he said. “You would think it’s the 20th annual. The staff did an amazing job. There had to be at least 3,000 people there. It was unbelievable, and it just keeps getting bigger every year. We’re looking forward to it. It’s a great thing. If you’re not in the Christmas spirit after coming to this than you’ll never get the Christmas spirit.”

The event is sponsored by the borough and Plum Rotary. Entertainment is coordinated by PVN Productions.

“We’re excited about having the high school participate again this year,” PVN founder Vince Lagrotteria said. “In addition to the live entertainment, we’ll have Christmas music playing throughout the event.”

Plum High School Jazz band and choirs will perform as well as the St. John Elementary School student choir.

There’s no parking at the site. There will be handicapped parking by the borough building.

Shuttle buses will transport attendees from the high school at 900 Elicker Road, St. John the Baptist School at 418 Unity Center Road and Amplify Church at 9400 Saltsburg Road.

More information about the event is available at .

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

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