Downtown Lock Haven Celebrates Haven Holidays with Parade, Santa Claus and More | News, Sports, Jobs

SARAH SMELTZ / POUR L’EXPRESS A child with hair who enjoys a lollipop.

LOCK HAVEN – Everything was cheerful and bright in downtown Lock Haven for Downtown Lock Haven Inc.’s Haven Hollywood vacations and the kickoff of Small Business Saturdays.

Stores along Main Street were packed all day, and pop-up stores filled empty storefronts as residents of Clinton County and surrounding areas flocked to Lock Haven on Saturday.

Even the cold, cold weather couldn’t stop shoppers from checking items off their Christmas lists.

In Triangle Park, the Tri County Mill Hall Church and Berkshire Hathaway were busy serving delicious hot chocolates, handing out candy canes, and helping the kids with holiday crafts. All this while the twinkling lights wrapped around the pavilion shone brightly.

In the East Main Street parking lot, families were treated to an additional surprise. DLH volunteers set up several explosive Christmas decorations – featuring The Grinch and Frosty the Snowman and many more – lit up the street. Parents could be seen guiding their little ones around the screen, many stopping to take pictures.

SARAH SMELTZ / FOR THE EXPRESS Centraide participated in the parade with the controversial choice of the Christmas film “Die Hard”.

At 6 p.m., the long-awaited moment has finally arrived. Hundreds of people lined Main Street, snuggled up in blankets and several layers to brave the cold, as they waited for the Haven Hollywood Holidays parade.

Many businesses and organizations have taken this year’s theme to heart. Classics such as “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer” to more unusual favorites such as “Die hard” each float won over the assembled people. And local groups from Central Mountain High School and Sugar Valley Rural Charter School and their Color Guards showcased a variety of Christmas favorites.

Bringing up the rear was Santa Claus himself, riding the Flemington Goodwill Hose Fire Truck. The children shouted for joy as Saint Nick waved to the crowd.

And this is not a parade without candy, more than one float, group and organization threw individually wrapped candies at the waiting children.

After the parade, members of the Millbrook Playhouse Youth Ensemble performed tracks from their upcoming musical “Frozen, Jr.” in the park of the Triangle. And to top it off, the annual Christmas tree lighting provided the perfect end to a perfect day.

SARAH SMELTZ / FOR THE EXPRESS Sugar Valley Rural Charter School Marching Band Director Joe Mauck walks with the band in the parade.

For those who couldn’t make it downtown on Saturday, don’t worry.

Small Business Saturdays will continue through December 18, with stores offering a variety of door-to-door and specials every weekend.

SARAH SMELTZ / FOR THE EXPRESS A festively decorated Santa stroller is seen, along with a little Santa driver.

SARAH SMELTZ / FOR THE EXPRESS A member of the Turbulence Baton Dance squad smiles for the camera while performing in the parade.

SARAH SMELTZ / FOR THE EXPRESS Children in party clothes smile on a float.

SARAH SMELTZ / FOR THE EXPRESS The theme of the Clinton County Historical Society float was “A Christmas Carol,” with some of the float characters.

BETHANY BARRETT / THE EXPRESS Hot chocolate was offered at Triangle Park earlier today.

SARAH SMELTZ / FOR THE EXPRESS A Polar Express passenger waves from a window.

SARAH SMELTZ / FOR THE EXPRESS A float on the theme “It’s a Wonderful Life” is projected.

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