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Credit: Chris Christian
Santa’s ride for the night was provided by Dewey Fire Company No. 1.
The Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce’s annual Light-Up Night event hosted by the Borough of Hellertown was held Friday night around the Borough Hall complex, and drew hundreds of area residents downtown for holiday fun.
This year’s event was expanded from one hour to three hours and included trolley rides, a holiday movie that was shown on a large telescoping screen, costumed characters from Disney films, crafts for kids, a food truck, a booth that sold locally-produced wine and more.
The event was supported by numerous local business sponsors, including Saucon Source, which co-sponsored the film that was shown, “Elf.”
As is tradition, highlights of the evening included the illumination of the borough’s Christmas lights and the arrival of Santa on a decorated Dewey Fire Co. truck. Santa then sat inside Borough Hall for photos with children.
Other highlights included Christmas caroling by local Girl Scouts, dance performances by students from Saucon Valley Dance Conservatory and En Avant School of Dance, and holiday music performed by the Saucon Valley High School Band.
Photos by Chris Christian
The Reilly family of Lower Saucon Township enjoyed Light-Up Night.
Temperatures were in the upper 30s and seasonally chilly for Light-Up Night.
Frosty the Snowman made an appearance at Light-Up Night with some holiday helpers.
Attendance at Light-Up Night was estimated at close to 1,000 people.
The Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber’s Ricky Gower welcomes residents to Light-Up Night 2017.
Some four-legged friends waited to see Santa ‘Paws.’
Conner Reilly sits atop his dad Rob’s shoulders for a better view of the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Light-Up Night festivities.
Support for local businesses was evident in the “Shop Small” free tote bags that were handed out to help promote Small Business Saturday–which was the following day.
VP of Affiliated Chambers for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and Hellertown-Lower Saucon chamber liaison Jessica O’Donnell addresses the crowds at Light-Up Night.
Hellertown Borough Manager Cathy Hartranft with her family at Light-Up Night
Free hot cocoa was appreciated by all!
Hellertown Borough Councilman Jonathan Lentz with his daughter
Richard Fluck presided over his last Light-Up Night celebration as mayor.
The circular plaza outside Hellertown Borough Hall was put to good use as the performance area at Light-Up Night.
Saucon Valley Girl Scouts performed Christmas carols.
Hellertown Mayor Richard Fluck is joined by the chamber’s Jessica O’Donnell at the podium prior to the tree-lighting.
Pastor Rick Brown of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Hellertown speaks at Light-Up Night.
Santa heard many Christmas wishes from good little boys and girls who sat on his lap inside Hellertown Borough Hall at Light-Up Night.
The Saucon Valley High School Band provided festive tunes for the Light-Up Night event.
The illumination of the borough’s holiday light displays as always was a highlight of the evening. Borough manager Cathy Hartranft’s granddaughter did the honors with help from Hellertown Mayor Richard Fluck.
There were miles of smiles to be seen at Hellertown-Lower Saucon Light-Up Night Friday.