It’s the most magical time of year here in Emmaus! Join the Borough of Emmaus and Emmaus Main Street Partners the first Saturday in December, December 3rd, 2022, for Old Fashioned Christmas in the Emmaus Triangle!
The Cheers Drinking Trail, sponsored by Kleckner & Sons Appliances & Electronics and ServPro of Allentown & Western Lehigh County, will run from 12-5pm. This annual adult-only event takes passport holders from business to business throughout the Borough to taste sample-size alcoholic beverages or mocktails from various shops. The purpose of this event is for our community to learn about the local businesses and shop small and local for the holiday season. Guests are encouraged to shop when they stop in to get their sample. Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/emmaus-main-street-partners-holiday-cheers-trail-tickets-445982594947. Passport pickup will be Saturday December 3 from 12- 2pm at Kleckner & Sons Electronics & Appliances, 575 Chestnut St, Emmaus, PA 18049. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time as they might sell out before the day of the event and therefore no day-of tickets can be guaranteed. We are still adding some stops to our Cheers Trail, so far, we have stops at Yergey Brewing, Emmaus Historical Society, Kleckner & Sons, Soul Sisters, and House Splendid! Bonus Bites will also be available as part of this trail. To satiate the hunger of our passport holders, certain businesses will also be offering sample light appetizer and food samples. The list of participating Bonus Bites stops will be listed on the Cheers Trail passport.
At 2:30pm, there will be a FREE showing of the Grinch (2018) at the Emmaus Theater, sponsored by Edward Jones on the Triangle, Jeff McElhaney and Curb Appeal Detail. Edward Jones will be collecting food donations for the Emmaus Food Pantry. From 4-7pm there will be kids’ activities on the Triangle including letters to Santa with Emmaus Rotary Club, coloring books, crafts, and more. Hausman’s Fruit Farms will be on site selling apple dumplings and hot cider. Adult beverages will be available for purchase thanks to Yergey Brewing, Triple Sun Spirits, Funk Brewing, and Five Maidens Cider. Other vendors set up on the Triangle include: Cub Scout Pack 25, Bethel Bible Fellowship Church, Curb Appeal Detail, Kelly Auto Group, Seven Generations Charter School and Emmaus Rotary Club.
Do you hear sleigh bells?! Santa arrives on the Triangle via a firetruck at 5pm! Pictures with Santa will be available from 5-7pm, photos courtesy of Wesley Works Photography. We don’t know which of the eight reindeer will join us on the Triangle, but Santa will send some of his sleigh ride team for us to meet before he takes flight Christmas Eve! There will also be an ice carver creating magical sculptures for Old Fashioned Christmas!
Executive Vice President of Affiliated Chambers with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Jessica O’Donnell-Gower shares her excitement, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and one of our favorite seasons to host events such as this one, right in the heart of Emmaus! We, the Chamber, also known as the Holiday Helpers, are ready to bring our community together and shine a spotlight even brighter on all things local. Our local business community is itching to be part of the celebration whether a stop on the Cheers Trail or sponsoring a fun aspect of the all-day festivities like hot chocolate, candy canes or the reindeer flying in from the North Pole. Our amazing community is ready to come together and celebrate during the most magical time of the year!”
Like the Emmaus Farmers Market, part of South 4th Street, before Railroad and Main Street, where guests park for the businesses or park, will be closed from 2-8pm on Saturday December 3, 2022. Restrooms for vendors, performers, attendees, and guests are available in the parking lot behind Morty’s Steaks and Subs.
The Candy Cane Lane Trail is BACK! The Historic Sites of Emmaus will have kids’ activities! Stops on the Candy Cane Lane Trail include Bethel Bible Fellowship Church, Emmaus Historical Society, Emmaus Public Library, Knauss, 1803 House, Shelter House. The Candy Cane Lane Trail will be from 12pm- 4pm on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Our 5th grade friends from Seven Generations Charter School will be greeting our Candy Cane Lane Trail participants in historic colonial garments!
Schedule of Events:
12-4p Candy Cane Lane Trail
12-5pm Cheers Trail
2:30pm FREE Showing of the Grinch (2018) at the Emmaus Theater
4-7pm Kids’ Activities in the Triangle
5pm Santa & Mrs. Claus Arrival
5- 5:45pm Lower Macungie Middle School Cadence Choir
6pm Tree Lighting
6:15- 7pm Seven Generations Charter School 4th Grade Choir
Thank you to the Emmaus Main Street Partners board, the Emmaus Borough Council and Emmaus Public Works for their support for this event. A special thank you to our committee as well: Co-Chairs Rick Zayaitz and Dale Culton and committee members Michael Irwin, Marlea McAdoo, Sean McIntyre, and Karri Schreppel.
We are still looking for non-profit vendors to set up in the Triangle, we are also looking for volunteers to help day of and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you are interested in being a part of Old Fashioned Christmas, please email ErinD@LehighValleyChamber.org
For more information, please visit the Emmaus Main Street Partners Old Fashioned Christmas Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/601665531653646/
When: Saturday, December 3, 2022- Various Times Throughout the Day
Where: Emmaus Triangle, Emmaus PA
Presenting- Kelly Auto Group
Cheers Trail- Servpro of Allentown & Western Lehigh and Kleckner & Sons
Santa & Mrs. Claus- EF Butz Insurance, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications and Spackleman
Reindeer- Schantz Funeral Home
Entertainment- Burkholder’s HVAC
Snow- Gross McGinley & Service Electric Cable TV & Communications
Hot Chocolate Kit- Seven Generations Charter School
Tree Lighting- New Tripoli Bank, Don Juan Mexican Grill, Jarrett Design LLC, Farmers Insurance JT Tsiousvaras & Truist
Sound- Wesley Works
Movie- Edward Jones in the Triangle & Curb Appeal Detail
Comfort Station- Ott Consulting, Patrick McNealis Insurance, QNB Bank & EnviroTech Pest Services
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:
Coordinator, Affiliated Chambers (EPCC, SLCC, WLCC) & Emmaus Main Street Partners