Downtown Allentown Hosts Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony


Allentown, PA – November 29, 2018: The Downtown Allentown Business Alliance in partnership with the City of Allentown is proud to present the 2018 Downtown Allentown Tree Lighting Celebration on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the PPL Plaza, 800 block of Hamilton Street. Festivities include musical performances, dance acts, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, hot coco, and appearances by Pip the Mouse, MeLVin, and, of course, Santa. This is a free event and is open to the public. 

The Lehigh Valley Marine Corp. Toys for Tots will be in attendance to donate and distribute toys to the children. (Toys are available on a first come, first served basis.) 

WHEN:  Thursday, December 6th

TIME: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  PPL Plaza, 800 block of Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101 

Lehigh Valley musician, Dave Fry will headline and serve as the emcee for the event this year, plus other musical performances, including the Allentown School District 3rd Grade Flutophone Ensemble – presented as part of the Allentown Arts Commission 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program – William Allen Band, Dieruff High School Jazz Band, and YEA! Xcape dance group. 

WFMZ 69News Meteorologist, Mark Shanaberger will provide a live weather report during the tree lighting.    


4:00-4:30 – Dave Fry

4:30-4:45 – ASD 3rd Grade Flutophone Ensemble

4:45 – Santa arrives on fire truck

5:05-5:10 – Tree lighting with Mayor Ray O’Connell, Santa and Mark Shanaberger

5:15-5:45 – William Allen High School Band

5:45-6:15 – Dieruff High School Jazz Band

6:15-6:30 – YEA! Xcape Dancers

6:30 – Program Ends


SPONSORS:  City of Allentown, City Center Allentown, The Waterfront, Vault 634, and City Entertainment Systems



About The Downtown Allentown Business Alliance:


Downtown Allentown serves as the commercial and cultural heart of the Lehigh Valley. Our downtown features unique ethnic restaurants, a historical arts district, eclectic businesses – and amazing people – making us a vibrant center of energy and activity.  

Here, visitors can discover a wide array of tastes, culture, entertainment and history. Our district consists of the area from 5th Street to 12th Street, and from Walnut to Linden Streets, and is supported by adjoining city neighborhoods and the riverfront.


About The Chamber:


The mission of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Area.  We accomplish this through business-to-business networking events and marketing products, affinity programs and exclusive, money saving member benefits, training programs, government affairs initiatives and public policy advocacy, and community development enterprises.  With nearly 5,000 members who employ more than 200,000, the Chamber is the largest in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and in the top ten nationwide. 



Information provided to TVL by:
Betsy Kohl
Main Street Manager
The Chamber, 840 W. Hamilton Street, Suite 205, Allentown, PA 18101