A ‘Naughty or Nice?’ Christmas

Naughty or Nice? is the theme of the 30th Annual Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas, sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

When asked the reasoning behind this year’s theme, Interim Executive Director Valerie Meyers had this explanation:

“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.”  

Gov. Tom Wolf’s restrictions on crowd sizes during the COVID-19 pandemic affects much of the planning for the annual event, Meyers said.

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“The Chamber is unable to carry out many of the popular activities held annually as part of the season, including the traditional tree lighting.

There will still be a tree on the Square in downtown Greencastle, however; and it will be lit by Thanksgiving. But there won’t be a formal ceremony.

Friday nights of Heritage Christmas held around the Square is out the window this year too. So are the usual horse and wagon rides, thanks to social distancing requirements.

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Last year’s Heritage Christmas parade oin Greencastle. Photo courtesy Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

Traditions even COVID can’t dampen

Though these well-loved traditions won’t be happening this year, other holiday offerings of the season will still be around. Those include:

  • 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 local neighborhoods the first two Friday nights in December. Residents should still plan 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.  

The annual Christmas parade is still a possibility, depending on whether or not PennDOT grants permission to close the roads along the parade route that night. Watch for an update on that.

New traditions might be created

Everyone will have a chance to get creative in matching this year’s theme. The community can participate in a good-will contest based on the Naughty or Nice theme. Everyone can nominate 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 check out the organization’s webpage here.

Serving the area since 1955, the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce strives to promote member prosperity through economic well-being and community vitality.