Dickens of a Christmas

Date: 
Friday, December 4, 2020 (All day) to Saturday, December 5, 2020 (All day)

The first weekend in December has traditionally been proclaimed as Ebensburg’s Dickens of a Christmas weekend, though, as expected, plans are looking very different this year. While there are still arrangements being made to host Ebensburg’s Light-Up Night on Friday evening, and a modified Roving Christmas Parade on Saturday morning, many of Ebensburg’s annual Dickens events will not take place this year because of safety measures and social distancing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

One thing that will remain unchanged is the beautifully decorated streetscapes and park displays throughout the downtown. Borough workers have already begun stringing lights, preparing bows, changing out lamppost banners and pulling decorations out of storage. Businesses will likely join in with their own festive displays as the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership hosts its annual decorating contest. “Our businesses do a phenomenal job decorating their windows and storefronts every year. We encourage families to plan a night to come downtown to see the decorations, grab a meal together, and visit our retail shops,” said Danea Koss, Community Development Director.

This year more than ever, residents are encouraged to shop local as much as possible as our businesses have suffered what has likely been the most challenging year they’ve ever faced. “When you spend money locally, you’re helping a local family, you’re helping to keep our shops and restaurants open, and you’re reinvesting in your community and local economy,” said Danea Koss, Community Development Director.

Events that are tentatively set to take place through the weekend are as follows:   

Friday, December 4         6 pm                                    Light-Up Night at Veterans Memorial Park

Friday, December 4         8:45 pm                              Indoor Ice Skating at North Central Recreation Center

Friday, December 4         Evening                              Downtown Holiday Light Displays

Saturday, December 5    8:00 – 11:00 am              Santa’s Breakfast Express Drive-Thru, YPCC

Saturday, December 5    11:00 am                            Roving Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 5    11:00 – 5:00 pm               Basket Raffle at First United Church of Christ

Saturday, December 5    12:00 pm                           Live Nativity at Ebensburg United Methodist Church

Saturday, December 5    Evening                              Downtown Holiday Light Displays

Saturday, December 5    8:00 pm                              Cresson Lake Playhouse’s Online Trivia Contest

Saturday, December 5     8:45 pm                              Indoor Ice Skating at North Central Recreation Center

                                                                                          Virtual Gingerbread Contest, Cam. Co. Historical Society

Location: 
Downtown Ebensburg
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Contact Name/Organization: 
Ebensburg Main Street Partnership
Contact Email Address: 
dkoss@ebensburgpa.com
Contact Phone Number: 
814-472-8780
Cost of Event: 
FREE