Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority
538 Spruce Street, Suite 516, Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-6730 ƒã www.LHVA.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT
November 16, 2010 Colleen Carter, Development & Marketing Officer
(570) 963-6730 x8211; ccarter@LHVA.org
Santa Claus is Comin¡¦ to Town!
Scranton, PA (November 16, 2010) - This year, Santa Claus is leaving his sleigh at the North Pole and coming to town early on a train. Six local communities will celebrate ¡§Christmas in a Small Town¡¨ on Saturday, December 4, 2010, when Santa and his friends arrive aboard a special train provided by Steamtown National Historic Site.
Now in its thirteenth year, the ¡§Christmas in a Small Town¡¨ celebration, also known as the Santa Train, is a project of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority. The event draws large crowds of excited families to the restored train stations throughout the Lackawanna Heritage Valley. It has become a tradition and a day to celebrate the heritage of Northeastern Pennsylvania!
This year, Santa will be extending his visit to include the City of Scranton and Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton as he makes the rounds. The Santa Train will arrive at the train station in each community at the following times:
10:30 a.m. Carbondale Train Station, River Street, Carbondale
11:35 a.m. Archbald Train Station, Pike Street, Archbald
12:20 p.m. Jessup Train Station, Church Street, Jessup
1:00 p.m. Olyphant Train Station, Lackawanna Avenue, Olyphant
1:45 p.m. Dickson City Train Station, Boulevard Avenue, Dickson City
3:00 p.m. State Office Building Parking Lot, Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton
Families are encouraged to assemble at the communities¡¦ train stations to welcome Santa as the train pulls into town. At each stop, Santa and his friends will greet all of the children, hearing their lists for special Christmas wishes. After the visit with Santa, families enjoy refreshments, live entertainment, and special activities. The Valley View Marching Band performs at the Archbald and Jessup train stations, greeting Santa with holiday music and entertaining the crowd. The Santa Train and its crew will be available for photo opportunities while at each station.
All activities are free. Train rides for the public are not available at this event.
¡§Christmas in a Small Town¡¨ is sponsored by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority in partnership with Steamtown National Historic Site, the Delaware Lackawanna Railroad, Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority, with special thanks to the City of Carbondale, the Carbondale Business Association, Archbald Borough, Jessup Borough, Jessup 21st Century, Olyphant Borough, Dickson City Borough, the City of Scranton, the Lackawanna Historical Society, the Anthracite Heritage Museum, the Lackawanna County Council on Arts and Culture, Propst Transportation, First Liberty Bank and Trust, and Old Forge Bank, a division of Penn Security Bank & Trust Co.
For more information, contact Ashlyn Gomez, LHVA Director of Community Engagement, at (570) 963-6730 ext. 8212 or agomez@LHVA.org.