Allentown Tree Lighting Ceremony To Feature Free Family Friendly Events

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The City of Allentown is partnering with the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance and PPL to present the “Allentown Tree Lighting Ceremony – Powering the Season presented by PPL” on Saturday, December 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the ArtsPark in Downtown Allentown.

Festivities include musical performances, dance acts, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, hot cocoa, smores making, a photo booth and appearances by Pip the Mouse, MeLVin, and Santa Claus.

The William Allen Dance Team, the Dieruff Band and Dieruff Jazz Band will be the featured performers.

The Lehigh Valley Marine Corp. Toys for Tots will also be in attendance to distribute free toys to children on a first come, first served basis. All activities are free, except for local vendor holiday treat sales.

New this year: Leading up to this event, the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance and PPL will host an essay competition open to all 5th graders in the Allentown School District. The topic of the essay is “Why Do You Love Allentown?’ The winner of the competition will assist Mayor Matt Tuerk, PPL Electric Utilities President Steph Raymond and Santa Claus in lighting Allentown’s tree.

The Allentown Tree Lighting Ceremony – Powering the Season is sponsored by the City of Allentown, PPL, City Center Allentown, GOLD Credit Union, Gross McGinley, and Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.


4:00-4:45 p.m. – Performances from William Allen High School and Dieruff High School

4:45 p.m. – Santa arrives on a fire truck with PPL Electric Utilities truck following along

5:00 p.m. – Tree lighting program with Mayor Matt Tuerk, PPL Electric Utilities President Steph Raymond, Santa, and ASD student

5:15-7:00 p.m. – More performances from various local organizations


Information provided to TVL by:
Genesis Ortega
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor