Heritage Christmas 2020

The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce has announced the theme for the 30th Annual Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas: Naughty or Nice? When asked the reasoning behind picking this theme, Interim Executive Director Valerie Meyers commented, “Since this year has been fraught with uncommon challenges and we’re all wondering what’s the next best thing to do, the Heritage Christmas committee has decided to bring a little humor to the situation with the tongue and cheek theme.” 

With crowd sizes restricted by social distancing requirements, the Chamber finds that it is unable to carry out many of the popular activities held annually as part of the season including the traditional tree lighting. The tree is still scheduled to be lit by Thanksgiving, but there will not be a formal ceremony. In addition, the Friday nights of Heritage Christmas held around the Square will not take place, and horse and wagon rides will not be offered.

Though these well-loved traditions won’t be happening this year, the community is still encouraged to participate in the offerings of the season including: Lights of Love (we’ll be including our “Hometown Heroes” this year); Letters to Santa (look for Santa’s Mailbox in the northeast corner of the Square by Thanksgiving Day); the Shop Small Sweepstakes (enter to win cash prizes);  free parking downtown through the holiday season; and the annual Heritage Christmas ornament with a jolly Santa matching this year’s theme.

In addition, Santa will be touring in the local neighborhoods the first two Friday nights in December. Residents are encouraged to decorate the exterior of their homes for his tour and enter the annual Light It Up Contest. Details on Santa’s route and how to enter the contest will be available on the Chamber website, Facebook page, and at the Chamber. 

In matching this year’s theme, community members are invited to participate in a good-will contest by nominating friends, co-workers, loved-ones (or enemies?) to the Naughty or Nice List. Details for the contest will also be announced in the near future. 

“The necessity to adapt to the current situation may generate new traditions. And, just perhaps, the new ones will become as well-loved as the old ones,” offered Meyers. And in conclusion she suggested, “Start thinking about who’s been naughty or nice!”

For more information contact the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce at 717-597-4610 or online at www.greencastlepachamber.org.