Santa waves to his fans

Kenneth R. Brooks

In this photo from last year, Santa Claus appears on the New Haven fire truck at It’s a Connellsville Christmas parade held in Connellsville. This year’s event is set for Dec 7.

Several Fayette County communities are planning holiday celebrations, featuring family friendly activities and visits by Santa.

It’s a Connellsville Christmas, a project of the Fayette County Cultural Trust through its Downtown Connellsville initiative, is celebrating its 10th year Dec. 7.

“We are thankful for all the collaborations and volunteers who have worked very hard this past year to put this event together,’’ commented Daniel Cocks, executive director. “We have something for everyone.’’

Festivities include:

Santa: Breakfast with Santa, 8-10 a.m. at Murphy Hall, $12, adults, $8 ages 10 and under, RSVP only to 724-603-2093. Meet Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Somerset Trust Train Station with children’s gift bags.

Christmas parade begins at 11 a.m., traveling south on North Pittsburgh Street, right on Crawford and ending at Somerset Trust Train Station.

Railroad displays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with HObo Club at Connellsville Community Center, donation, and Harry Clark’s Indian Valley Railroad at Connellsville Canteen, $2, adults; $1, children.

Live Nativity from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Connellsville Area Community Ministries.

Escape Rooms are at Appalachian Creativity Center. Call for reservations at 724-208-1746.

Gibson House Tours by Connellsville Historical Society are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 1 p.m. WWII presentation by Robert Mac Wasson and a 2 p.m. concert by the Maruca Sisters.

Church tours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Connellsville Presbyterian with Nativity displays and Trinity Lutheran with a German Christmas Marketplace, guitar music with John Ivey from 1 to 3 p.m. and an Advent workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. St. John’s Lutheran offers tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a free community lunch, Christmas stories, crafts and a bake sale.

Cookie tour benefiting nonprofits include: Gibson House, Connellsville Historical Society; Trinity Evangelical Lutheran, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran; Connellsville Community Center, Connellsville Falcon Band; Pat’s Bridal, Rhett’s Syndrome-Erica Miller; Connellsville Canteen, Fayette County Cultural Trust; Appalachian Creativity Center, Special Olympics; Brooke’s Block Party, First LEGO League Team; Kickstand Kitchen, Crossroads LTSR; St. Rita Roman Catholic Church; Lid’l Lyn’s, Fayette Friends of Animals; Comfort Inn, Soroptimists of Fayette County.

Public is invited to vote for their favorite gingerbread house 10 am. to 4 p.m. at Somerset Trust Train Station. Kids can drop off letters to Santa at Goin’ Postal and area stores are having sales.

More information is available at www.downtownconnellsvile.org.

Meanwhile, Perryopolis will hosts its annual Christmas at the Circle and Festival of Trees Dec. 7.

A 1 p.m. parade kicks off the day, followed by a vendor fair throughout the circle. Food and Christmas trees will be available for purchase. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by wagon.

There will be a DJ and entertainment that includes family friendly activities, followed by a Christmas tree lighting at dusk.

More information is available at Perryopolis Christmas at the Circle Facebook page.

Masontown Matters will host its annual Santa on the Square and Church Tour at 3:30 p.m., Dec. 8.

Centered around the Masontown Borough Building, this free community event includes Christmas caroling, carriage rides and children’s activities.

Santa will arrive at the borough building at 6 p.m. and refreshments will be offered.

More information is available at the Masontown Matters Facebook page or email masontownmatters@yahoo.com.

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