The holiday season is quickly approaching and will get started with a full weekend of events in Bloomsburg. Activities will be held downtown and at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The schedule of the holiday traditions as well as two new events is available at Downtown Bloomsburg Inc.’s website.
On the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 23, the first “Coming Home for Christmas” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on North Market Street between Main and First streets. The event will feature crafters, food, and other vendors. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Columbia County Veterans Memorial and Eos Therapeutic Riding Center.
Another new event this year will be Winterfest at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to food, the event will include wineries, hand-made furniture and crafts, ice sculpting, train displays, and horse and wagon rides.
The holiday tradition of TreeFest also gets underway Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Caldwell Consistory. Hundreds of trees will be decorated by area businesses and community groups, which will then be donated to area families following the two-weekend event. TreeFest benefits Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.
The WHLM Parade of Lights returns on Friday evening at 6 p.m. Cash prizes will again be awarded for the top three floats. The parade will form at the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot and travel down Lightstreet Road to Main Street, then onto Market Street to 5th Street, and will end at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds at the 5th Street entrance.
On Saturday and Sunday, the North Pole Express Train rides will be held. Sponsored by Service 1st Federal Credit Union, these one-hour rides depart from the Sherwin Williams parking lot along Market Street and travel west towards Catawissa and feature holiday stories, carols, and a visit by Santa and his helpers. Tickets are now available through DBI’s website.