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Aspinwall ready to light up for holidays

| Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Waiting for their live nativity performance to start Ashley Hritz, left, and Amy Haley practice songs with other students from Christ The Divine Teacher Academy School during last year's Christmas festivities in Aspinwall. This year's event begins tonight, Thursday.
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Waiting for their live nativity performance to start Ashley Hritz, left, and Amy Haley practice songs with other students from Christ The Divine Teacher Academy School during last year's Christmas festivities in Aspinwall. This year's event begins tonight, Thursday.

Santa Claus will make his usual early stop in Aspinwall this weekend.

Light Up Aspinwall kicks off tonight, Thursday, with events throughout the borough's business district from 7 to 9 p.m.

Festivities will continue Saturday with caroling and fireworks at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.

Thursday's events will include an ice carver, balloon animals, a DJ and more. Aspinwall Neighborhood Watch will sponsor pictures with Santa Claus at the borough building during the event.

Rosie Welsh, owner of Rosebud's, said the event gives people a chance to start their holiday shopping. The event was held only on Saturday last year so it didn't conflict with opening night of the Fox Chapel Follies.

“It's a big night for the merchants to kick off the holiday season,” Welsh said.

Saturday's activities will include a nativity scene at the corner of First Street and Brilliant Avenue by students at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy at 4:30 p.m. Children also will sing Christmas songs at the site.

Fireworks will be set off at 6 p.m. Spectators can watch from the municipal parking lot between Freeport Road and Commercial Avenue.

With cold weather expected, Welsh hopes that will make everyone think Christmas.

“Maybe that will get everybody in the Christmas spirit,” Welsh said. “Just as long as it doesn't snow.”

Tom McGee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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