5 things to do in Westmoreland this weekend: Nov. 29-Dec. 1 | TribLIVE.com

5 things to do in Westmoreland this weekend: Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Mary Pickels
Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review
Kathleen Mack of Indiana, Indiana County, holding a large spray of winterberry, and Kim Ziccardi, of Murrysville, stop for a photo while shopping at the 2016 Ligonier Christmas Country Market. This year’s market is set for Nov. 30.

Thanksgiving dinner is over, Black Friday is here and the race to celebrate the upcoming holiday season is on.

The days grow dark more quickly, but lights, music and festivals will lend some brightness and cheer, throughout Westmoreland County.

Hit the switch, Ligonier

The annual Light-Up Ligonier event invites everyone to the diamond to see the Christmas tree in the town’s bandstand, sing along to holiday classics and enjoy a sleigh ride, weather permitting.

The light-up kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29, and presents a perfect opportunity to shop, enjoy the lights and capture a picture perfect holiday photo backdrop, says Ruthie Stewart, Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce events and marketing coordinator.

Children can bring their wish lists and drop them off at Santa’s Mailbox on the Town Hall steps. Be sure to include a return address.

Of course, Santa is expected to make a visit, arriving on a horse-drawn sleigh and led into town by a parade including the Ligonier Valley High School marching band and local Scout troops.

The big guy will greet children in the Town Hall’s community room as well.

Details: ligonier.com

Shop til you drop

Grab that shopping list and head back to Ligonier on Nov. 30 for the annual Ligonier Country Market’s Christmas Market, featuring nearly 100 makers.

This year the Christmas Market has expanded to a second site, with shopping from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ligonier Valley YMCA, 110 W. Church St., and the Ligonier Valley Library, 120 W. Main St.

The expansion is in response to a waiting list of vendors and a great deal of foot traffic in 2018, says market executive director Cari Frei.

Shoppers can stroll around town and enjoy the decorations and visit the coffee shops and restaurants in between gift purchases.

Details: ligoniercountrymarket.com

West Newton plans holiday “miracle”

Back for its 18th year, West Newton’s Light Up Night will kick off the festivities throughout the downtown area on Nov. 30.

Plans include a holiday parade, kicking off at 5:15 p.m. on Main Street, and the community tree lighting with Santa Claus at 6 p.m. on Second Street.

Downtown West Newton Inc. will host its annual Miracle on Main Street Christmas Craft Market, with 40 crafters and vendors, from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at the West Newton Senior Center for Active Adults and the West Newton Presbyterian Church, both on Main Street.

Live entertainment, food for purchase and a Christmas gift basket spectacular are planned, rain, snow or shine.

Details: Downtown West Newton Inc. Facebook

Embrace the season

Although winter does not officially arrive until Dec. 21, why not get on board early and celebrate the arrival of lower temps and (hopefully) light, fluffy snow?

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art will ease us into the season with a community day Winterfest event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Participants are encouraged to bring a sweater to transform into a holiday “ugly sweater,” and enjoy winter stories, gift tag making, cookie decorating and musical performances.

The event is free, but registration is encouraged.

Details: 888-718-4253 or showclix.com

Trees all aglow

The Braddock Trail Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its 30th annual Festival of Lights, with 45 decorated trees, beginning Nov. 30.

For a $5 admission fee (those age 12 and up), visitors can tour the 132-year old Warden Mansion at 200 S. Church St., Mt. Pleasant.

Trees are available for purchase and can be won by raffle as well. Visitors can enjoy refreshments, vote for their favorite tree and may win one of the daily door prizes.

Hours are 1:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-7, 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5, and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.

Details: mountpleasantfol15666.tripod.com

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Mary at 724-836-5401, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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