If you thought nothing could top last year’s Light Up Night in Hellertown, which drew thousands of visitors to the borough’s Dimmick Park for an evening of festive holiday fun, the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce and local business sponsors–including presenting sponsor Mobile Technology Graphics–want you to think again, and mark your calendars for Friday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Last year’s LUN animal celebrity guest was Einstein the “Snow Camel,” who became a viral sensation after video was captured of him alongside Rt. 309 in the middle of a rare November snowstorm. In an effort to top that, this year Heintzelman Funeral Home of Hellertown is sponsoring a visit by two reindeer, who’ve generously been granted a vacation day by Santa during what is a very busy time of year at the North Pole.
Heintzelman said the animals will have a choice spot alongside the Dewey Fire Company building, which is adjacent to Dimmick Park and where an indoor holiday market featuring local crafters will be held in the social hall. If the evening turns out to be as cold one, as it was last year, it will double as a convenient warming hut.
The majority of the festivities will be held outside in Dimmick Park, which is adjacent to the fire station, and where a huge screen set up by Mobile Technology Graphics will broadcast the festivities. Luminaries being sold by local churches as part of a fundraiser will help to light the park during the event, and flatscreens provided by MTG will air what’s happening outside inside the holiday market.
The Chamber’s Jessica O’Donnell said this year’s event will be more spread out in the park, as a result of feedback about some congestion during last year’s Light Up Night.
She said another new attraction this year will be ice sculpting demonstrations from 5 to 8 p.m., which is presented by Bucks Run Oil and Farmers Insurance Brandon Wimbish Agency.
Other highlights of this year’s event will include:
- Holiday Movies in the Park beginning at 5 p.m. (presented by Saucon Source, Saucon Valley Bikes, ASR Media, Saucon Valley Karate Academy and Evoke Solar)
- Cash pony rides
- Cash wagon rides (presented by Steel Club)
- Food available from the Hellertown Lions Club, Take a Taco Food Truck, RK Mobile Foods and Couchpota Doh Food Truck
- Wine and beer available at an adult beverage bar from Black River Farms and Lost Tavern Brewing
- Free children’s activities
- Free hot cocoa, cookies, cider, coffee, apples, cookies, coupons and songbooks (presented by Hellertown Dental Group, Weiss-Schantz Agency Insurance, 412 Auto Tags, Bechdolt’s Orchard, Steel Valley Investment Group of Raymond James-The LaBuda Team and the Meadows of Saucon Valley)
The schedule of events for the evening is as follows:
- 5 p.m., Holiday Movies in the Park
- 5:30 p.m., Wildlands Conservatory Animal Demonstration in Dewey Fire Co. Social Hall
- 5:40 p.m., Welcome by Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce
- 5:45 p.m., Pledge to the Flag by Saucon Valley Cub Scout Packs
- 5:50 p.m., Caroling by Saucon Valley Girl Scouts
- 6:10 p.m., Dance Performances by En Avant School of Dance
- 6:40 p.m., Welcome by Mayor David Heintzelman and Invocation by Christ Lutheran Hellertown Pastor Phil Spohn followed by the Countdown to the Tree-Lighting
- 7 p.m., SANTA Arrives! (Sponsored by Dewey Fire Co. No. 1 and Ron Smith)
- 7:05 p.m., Caroling by the Saucon Valley High School Choir
- 7:10 p.m., Pictures with Santa in front of the stage and Santa Giveaway (sponsored by 412 Auto Tags, Lost River Caverns, Just Born, Springtown Inn and Brooklyn’s Catering)
- 7:35 p.m., Dance Performances by Saucon Valley Dance Conservatory
- 8:05 p.m., Music by the Saucon Valley High School Band
- 8:35 p.m., Demonstration by Saucon Valley Karate Academy students
And before you even think to ask, ‘What happens if it snows or rains on Light Up Night?’ The event doesn’t have a snow/rain date, which means any decisions related to inclement weather–if necessary–will likely be made by the organizers the day it’s held.
The same cannot be said for the Southern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Coopersburg Fire Company, 13 S. Main St., Coopersburg. That event has a rain/snow date of Sunday, Dec. 1.
Be sure to follow the chamber’s Facebook event for updates and information about Light Up Night 2019.