Street will close for Santa; free movie, food vendors added to event

By on November 25, 2014



Santa always draws a big crowd during his arrival in downtown Ephrata

Santa always draws a big crowd during his arrival in downtown Ephrata

A Christmas tree has been found thanks to the Diffenderfer family of Akron and their donation of a 25-foot blue Spruce.

This year’s Christmas tree was so large that Akron and Ephrata police escorted the tree carried on a truck from Sensening Roofing from its old home to its new home in front of the main branch of Ephrata National Bank.

The Borough of Ephrata graciously provided the labor to set up the tree and apply the lights and decorations. This year, twice as many lights have been added to the tree as in past years. Residents of The Groves Retirement Home, Clay Elementary and Cocalico Place provided the beautiful handmade decorations for the tree.

Now that the tree is in place, The Ephrata Merchants Association is ready to welcome everyone to attend the town Christmas tree lighting on the evening of Black Friday, Nov. 29. The event begins with the “call to gather” from the Getz Steam Calliope at 5:30 p.m.

The Getz Steam Calliope was made in Lancaster County and is once again being sponsored by Ephrata National Bank. Main Street in downtown will be closed starting at 6 p.m. to ensure safety for the children and attendees.

Another new feature this year will be food vendors. An array of food offerings such as: soups, sandwiches, soft pretzels, carmel corn and beverages will be available to accommodate all tastes. There will also be free hot cider and cookies donated by local businesses.

At 6:30 p.m. the Master of Ceremonies Steve Zola will begin the countdown to the lighting of the tree by leading the crowd in singing the long time Ephrata tradition of Christmas carols. At 7 p.m., the Diffenderfer family will have the honors of lighting the tree. After this is completed, all attention will be on the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on the roof of the historic main branch of Ephrata National Bank. A ladder truck from the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company will be dispatched to rescue the Christmas couple from the roof so that they can walk to the toy store and greet the children who desire to make their Christmas wishes known to Santa.

As an additional bonus of entertainment, EPAC will give a preview of their newest show, “Annie.” At 8 p.m., the classic Christmas movie, White Christmas, will be shown free to all. This will take place at the town’s theater, The Main. Free popcorn will be provided.

Come out and support a long standing tradition in your hometown. See You Downtown!


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