|The Chamber Welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus|
Hazleton Area youngsters enjoyed having their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus for free on Saturday, December 5th, thanks to the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Committee. It’s all part of the “Welcome Santa” promotion, now in its eleventh year under the direction of the Chamber.
The festivities began at 10:00 a.m. with performances by the students of Sherri O’Donnell’s All That Dancin’, a chamber-member dance studio.Then Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at Citiscape, located in The Hayden Towers Markle Building shortly after the performances, along with several children via a fire truck from the Diamond Fire Company and accompanied by ambulances from APTS.
Through the cooperation of the Downtown committee members, the first 100 children received free Polaroid photos with Santa, candy canes, cookies, compliments of Weis Markets, orange drinks, compliments of Farmer’s Dairy, art supplies, compliments of Sargent Art, and coloring books, compliments of Hazleton General Hospital, will be given to those youngsters in attendance. In addition, local artist Kathy Dobash, Beauty Flower Poem, conducted crafts for the children during the event.
Bill Spear, chairman of the Chamber’s Downtown Committee, said the “Welcome Santa” project has been a great boost to holiday shopping for center city businesses. “We are always looking for ways to promote the Downtown and to assist the merchants in whatever way we can.”
Spear said the “Welcome Santa” project is just one way that the Chamber’s Downtown Committee is helping to bring life to Center City.“The Christmas Holidays are a time of family and community, and the Chamber is happy to provide varied community events for our residents,” Donna Palermo, President of the Chamber added. For additional information on any of the holiday activities, call the Chamber office at 455-1509.
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