Greater Northern Lehigh Hosts 3rd Annual Northwestern Lehigh Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ontelaunee Park on Sunday, December 3

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The Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber, proud partner of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, is gearing up for a memorable 2023 holiday season!

Santa Claus is scheduled to return to New Tripoli a little early this year, kicking off the holiday season on December 3rd in Ontelaunee Park (Rain Date: December 7th)! Returning for its third year, the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, proud partner of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, has partnered with Heidelberg, Lynn, Lowhill and Weisenberg Townships and Presenting Sponsor the Honey Done List Co. for the 3rd Annual Northwestern Lehigh Tree Lighting Ceremony.

“In our third year, we are extremely excited to grow this event in new and innovative ways to make a truly memorable holiday experience in New Tripoli,” said Kylie Adams-Weiss, Assistant Vice President of Affiliated Chambers for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Our partnership with the Northwestern Lehigh townships and the entire Northwestern Lehigh community at large has created a holiday celebration like no other.”

The event, which saw over 1,500 attendees in 2022, will take place on December 3, 2023 from 4:30-7:30 PM and is free and open to the public. The event will feature festive holiday performances from the New Life Drum Circle (4:30 PM), Ebenezer Church Choir (5:00 PM), Innovative Arts Academy Dancers (5:30 PM) and the Northwestern Lehigh and Weisenberg Elementary School Choruses (6:00 PM), before a grand entrance from Santa Claus himself to light the tree at 6:30 PM.

Prior to the official start of the event, the Lynn-Heidelberg Historical Society will be open for tours of their buildings within Ontelaunee Park from 2:00-5:00 PM.

New for 2023, enhancements like live reindeer (sponsored by New Tripoli Bank) and an Ice Carving Demonstration (sponsored by Eight Oaks Farm Distillery) will also entertain attendees for a memorable experience.

A vendor market will take place in the lower pavilion with crafters, nonprofits and local businesses with goods for sale for holiday shopping; the upper pavilion will host a variety of food samples (including soup samples from Curious Goods at the Bake Oven Inn, hotdogs, hot cider from Eight Oaks Farm Distillery, and hot chocolate, sponsored by Sam’s Club of Allentown, Weisenberg Township, and Heintzelman Funeral Homes-Schnecksville), giveaway items at the Chamber Booth, and a holiday DJ. Throughout the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to partake in cash pony rides (provided by Venture Farms), as well as take photos with Frozen’s Elsa, Ana and Olaf. Food trucks, such as The Good Egg Food Truck, Nesting Box Ice Cream, Big Country Concessions, Hungry Hound Express, Wow Wagon and the Nacho Depot will offer food for purchase to those in attendance.

In addition to the Tree Lighting festivities, the event will also host a food drive. “It is crucial that we open our hearts to those in need all year long,” said Jessica O’Donnell-Gower, Executive Vice President of Affiliated Chambers for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. “The holidays remind us that the spirit of giving is alive and well, and the Chamber likes to ensure that we are helping others in the community.” This year’s food drive will collect canned goods and nonperishable items for the Lowhill Food Pantry.

With a possibility of inclement weather on the forecast for Sunday, the Chamber will be watching weather closely to determine whether or not the event will be held on the scheduled rain date (Thursday, December 7th from 5:30-7:30 PM). An announcement will be made by the Chamber on Saturday, December 2, should weather force a change of plans.

For more information on all events, please visit the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber’s Facebook page at To learn more about our presenting sponsor, the Honey Done List., visit their Facebook page at

When: December 3, 2023 (4:30-7:30 PM)

Pricing Information: FREE with items for purchase

Sponsors (AS OF 11/28/2023):

  • Presenting Sponsor: The Honeydone List Co.
  • Reindeer Sponsor: New Tripoli Bank
  • Ice Carving Sponsor: Eight Oaks Farm Distillery
  • Tree Lighting Sponsor: Jerdon Construction
  • Hot Chocolate Sponsors: Heintzelman Funeral Homes of Schnecksville, Sam’s Club of Allentown, Weisenberg Township, and Lowhill Township
  • Characters Sponsor: Lynn Township
  • Santa’s Helper Sponsors: Keystone Technology LLC, Krysta Hankee Memorial Fund, The Neffs National Bank, and Heidelberg Township
  • Supporting Sponsor: Rentschler Auto Group & Bechtel’s Pharmacy
  • Hotdog Sponsor: Olde Homestead Golf Club
  • Lighting Sponsor: Powerco Inc.
  • Valley View Farms: Tree Sponsor
  • Venture Farms: Cash Pony Ride Sponsor
  • Tee Green Sponsor: FASTSIGNS of Easton

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:
Kylie Adams-Weiss
AVP, Affiliated Chambers & Director of Marketing and Design
(Affiliated Chambers, Allentown Initiatives, Easton Initiatives, CCEDC)
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce