For this visit, he’s leaving the reindeer at the North Pole.
Santa Claus will stop by Downtown Pittston in a horse-drawn sleigh and invites all area children for a free ride around the the downtown. Christmas in Pittston, the city’s annual holiday extravaganza, is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the lower Tomato Festival Lot.
Sarah Donahue, the city’s coordinator of special events, promises sleighloads of fun for children and adults alike.
In addition to the annual Christmas tree lighting, Santa will sit in a large antique chair and will available for pictures with the kids. Parents are urged to bring their camera. A gift is being planned for all children.
“It’s a family affair; it’s very kid-friendly,” Donahue said.
Downtown businesses are behind the event 100 percent.
An ice sculptor will be stationed in front of Boden carving a tomato-themed Christmas creation and a woodturner will be in front of Art on Main, showing off his trade.
Organizers won’t let the the ice carvings get too close to the fire pit planned for the Lower Tomato Lot. The pit, in addition to free coffee and hot chocolate compliments of Callahan’s on Main, should keep the downtown revelers warm and toasty.
Carolers from Perspective Church on Broad Street plan to sing carols and may even take their show into some of the neighborhood.
Under a tent in the lot, staff from the Greater Pittston YMCA will help children create Christmas tree ornaments from popsicle sticks and paper.
“Within that lot, you’ll have carolers, you’ll have hot chocolate, the tree lighting, Santa Claus, rides on his sleigh,” Donahue said. “It’s going to be a great event in Downtown Pittston.”
Retailers and restaurants are also planning specials, Donahue said.
Earlier in the day, the Pittston Memorial Library will conduct a handmade holiday gift, book and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We want to show off everything that has happened in the downtown,” Donaaue said. “We’re very excited. The more, the merrier.”