Home for the Holidays set in Titusville

From staff reports

Titusville – A lot of fun and festivity await the whole family in Titusville during Home for the Holidays Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 5, which includes horse drawn covered wagon rides, a salute to A Charlie Brown Christmas, sweet treats, plenty of lights and decor, shopping, and a several appearances by Santa.

Burgess Park will be lit up for Holiday at Burgess from 6-9 p.m. every night through New Year’s Eve. Santa and a live reindeer will be at the park Saturday. Dozens of scenes, from trains to a playful polar bear family, created in lights will decorate the park. Plus, a live nativity at Grace Fellowship Church from 6-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights will bring the biblical city of Bethlehem to life. Both displays are drive through events by donation only.

Thursday and Friday evening from 6-8 p.m., Warner’s Bakery will host an open house featuring “edible cocktails,” including their  rum balls and amaretto cherries, along with sugar cookies for the kids. Children are invited to the bakery between 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday for cookie decorating.

Benson Memorial Library Saturday will have ornaments to decorate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday.

Pittsburgh Symphony Brass brings the sounds of the season Saturday to the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville’s Henne Auditorium. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and children 5 years old and younger are free. Tickets are available at the chamber of commerce office. Doors open at 1 p.m. The concert begins at 1:30. Included with the brass concert is a live performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” A reception follows both performances and is included in the price of the ticket.

The Elks Lodge #264 of Titusville is sponsoring free horse-drawn covered wagon rides from 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday. The rides begin at the gazebo in Scheide Park.

A Vendor Pop Up Shop at 122 W. Spring St. will be open at 5-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The shop will house several vendors selling a variety items.

“Including these vendors provides visitors another opportunity for shopping in addition to the great options already in Titusville,” said event organizer Emily Altomare, executive director of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce. “And when you’re looking for the perfect gift, you need all of the options you can get!”

If it’s Santa you’re looking for, you can find him at a number of events. First and foremost, Santa comes to town in his very own parade at 6 p.m. Friday. The Titusville Lions co-sponsor this event with the chamber and invite children to visit Santa afterward in the Scheide Park Gazebo. The Titusville Lioness Club will provide free cookies and the OC&T Railroad will provide free cocoa.

Shopping locally will be rewarded. Bring your receipts to the chamber office and for every $25 spent in the 16354 zip code between Nov. 28 and Dec. 16, shoppers will receive an entry for a drawing of chamber gift certificates sponsored by Armstrong.

Participation in Home for the Holidays will also be rewarded. Passports listing all of the activities are available at the Chamber of Commerce office starting Dec. 1. Get your passport stamped at each Home for the Holidays activity you attend. Return completed passports to the chamber office by Dec. 9 to be eligible for a drawing of a chamber gift certificate.

Home for the Holidays began in 2013 as a program of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce to support shopping local and promote the festivities in the area.

For additional information on Home for the Holidays events and activities, call the chamber office at 814-827-2941, e-mail Emily@TitusvilleChamber.com, or visit the chamber’s Facebook page.