Backtracking on an earlier discussion in which the purchase of an artificial Christmas tree for Dimmick Park was the focus, borough council Monday unanimously voted to accept a recommendation by a Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce committee that a real tree be used to decorate the park this year.
Mayor David Heintzelman said the recommendation was made in light of the fact that this marks the first time that Light Up Night–the annual tree-lighting celebration and kick-off to the holiday season in Saucon Valley–will be held in the park, and the committee thought it best to get a feel for the new venue before an investment is made in an artificial tree.
He said that although a cut tree will be used this year, a live tree that can be planted in the ground could also be considered in the future.
Heintzelman noted that the chamber committee is working on procuring battery-powered up-lighting to illuminate the sycamore trees in the park.
Two large wreaths to help decorate the park have already been donated by a local business, he said, and the tree itself will be on the bandshell stage.
The Light-Up Night celebration is sponsored by the chamber and will be held Friday, Nov. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the park (there is no rain date).
The event will culminate with the tree-lighting and Santa’s arrival on a decorated Dewey Fire Company fire engine.
It will also include children’s activities, non-profit vendors, hot cocoa and cookies, visits by Disney princesses, cash trolley rides, a cash bar for adult beverages, pictures with Santa, holiday movies on a big screen and more.
Saucon Source is sponsoring the holiday movies, which will be several short films.
For more information about becoming a 2018 Light-Up Night sponsor please contact Jenna Bowman at the chamber at jennab@lehighvalleychamber