The streets of downtown
Montoursville will again be alive with the spirit of festivity
and Christmas cheer when the Fifth Annual Montoursville Old Tyme
Christmas is held this Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December
There are some new and revised
touches to this year’s celebration. For the first time attendees
to the event will be encouraged to come in costume and then
register for a free drawing to win a free money tree flower
arrangement, donated by Nevill’s Flowers. Also new this year
will be the inclusion of the Annual Montoursville High School
Craft Show, held at the high school. The craft show will be a
stop on the trolley tour that is held during Old Tyme Christmas.
Santa Claus will also appear briefly at the crèche at the Our
Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, before he takes up his post at
Tanya’s Dance Plus. Another minor change is, the carriage rides
will depart only from Snyder’s Nursery. Last year they departed
and arrived at a point on Broad Street. The cost of the carriage
rides is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10.
Reservations are requested. You can call 570-368-3377.
"We are very excited about this
event. It seems to grow each year and the number of people
attending also seems to be increasing," Betzi Lyon, a member of
the Old Tyme Christmas organizing committee, told Webb Weekly.
"This event is a great way to help usher in the Christmas season
and also helps to highlight Montoursville and its merchants."
The event begins on Friday morning
at the Konkle Library with a story time for youngsters that
involve Christmas-related stories. The library will also have
Kristin Albaugh reading children’s stories from 12:30 to 1:30
p.m. Saturday. There will also be a demonstration of Christmas
The major kick-off for Old Tyme
Christmas occurs at 6 p.m. Friday, December 6, when Santa Claus
arrives at Tanya’s, that begins a wide variety of activities at
diverse locations throughout downtown Montoursville and other
nearby venues. These venues will be able to be reached both on
foot, and by free trolley rides to all of them. The stops
include such places as Lyons Camping, Snyder’s Greenhouse,
Tanya’s, the John Burrows Historical Society, Montoursville High
School, Country Ski and Skate, Elery Nau Hardware, and the
Bethany Lutheran Church will be
hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. The musical stylings
of the Ray Kinley Band will provide music for dancing there from
6 to 9.m. On Saturday morning Bethany will also be holding a
breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.
In addition to being the departure
point for carriage rides, Snyder’s Greenhouse will also host
various workshops and centerpiece and flower related displays.
There will be a cost for some of the workshops. On Saturday from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be the opportunity to pet a
There is a wide variety of
entertainment that will be part of this celebration. Scott
Schell will be singing Christmas songs and playing his guitar
when he sits in the area of Santa Claus at Tanya’s. Cindy Koons
will be playing hammered dulcimer at Lyons’s Camping and on
Saturday Allie Weiler will be singing children’s songs. and
local author, John Moore will be signing books there.
There will be a barbershop quartet
strolling throughout the downtown singing various holiday-themed
songs. The Our Lady of Lourdes Church Choir will be strolling on
Saturday singing Christmas carols. A flute and clarinet choir
will entertain on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Two area wineries will have
displays at Old Tyme Christmas. Eagle Rock Winery will have a
display next to Callahan’s Antiquities and Colonel Ricketts Hard
Cider Winery will be at Snyder’s Greenhouses on Saturday.
One of the most notable aspects of
the event will be the display at Callahan’s Antiquities, of the
ceramic Santa Claus that was a prominent part of the Christmas
season at the former legendary, L.L. Stearns store in downtown
During the entire Old Tyme
Christmas there will be a wide array of craft and food vendors,
some of whom will be strolling, wearing Victorian-era clothing.
It is possible that we may have
left out something, but as you can see, there is plenty to see
and do at Montoursville’s Old Tyme Christmas celebration on
December 6 and 7.