Hazleton, Luzerne County- Hazleton Area youngsters can have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus for free on Saturday, December 1st, thanks to the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Committee. It's all part of the "Welcome Santa/Mrs. Claus" promotion, now in its fourteenth year under the direction of the Chamber.
The festivities will begin at 10:00 a.m. with performances by the students of Sherri O'Donnell's All That Dancin' a chamber-member dance studio. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to arrive at Citiscape, located in The Hayden Towers Markle Building at 11:00 a.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with several children, will be arriving via a fire truck from the Diamond Fire Company and accompanied by ambulances from APTS.
Through the cooperation of the Downtown committee members, the first 100 children will receive free photos with Santa, assorted candy and snacks compliments of Giant Food Stores and Weis Markets, orange drink, compliments of Farmer's Dairy, art supplies, compliments of Sargent Art, Inc., potato chips compliments of American Value Vendng, and coloring books and crayons, compliment of the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance.
Bill Spear, chairman of the Chamber's Downtown Committee, said the "Welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus project has been a great boost to holiday shopping for center city businesses. We are always looking for ways to promote the Downtown and to assist the merchants in whatever way we can."
Spear said the event is just one way that the Chamber's Downtown Committee is helping to bring life to Center City.
Donna Palermo, President of the Chamber added, "The Christmas Holidays are a time of family and community, and the Chamber is happy to provide varied community events for our residents". For additional information on any of the holiday activities, call the Chamber office at 455-1509 or visit us online at www.hazletonchamber.org.
(From the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce)