Downtown Chambersburg: Anticipating (a different) Christmas

anticipating a different christmas

Area residents will soon start anticipating the arrival of a Christmas season, even as they deal with the fallout of an almost year-long pandemic. But pandemic or not, Christmas will come to Franklin County’s many small communities.

Downtown Chambersburg will begin to look a lot like Christmas in November. This year the look will be a bit different, however.

The ever-changing safety protocols, and even limited availability of marching bands, have made holding the traditional Christmas parade an impossibility.

The Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg is ready to prove one thing, however. Even 2020 is no match for the magic of Christmas.

The 51st Annual Downtown Chambersburg Christmas Parade will have to wait until next year. But new and favorite traditions come together on Main Street in Downtown Chambersburg Nov. 30 as Christmas Magic, presented by F&M Trust.

Christmas tree lighting

Perhaps nowhere is the blending of favorite traditions and new excitement more prominent than the first lighting of the Christmas tree on the Square. Santa has confirmed he will indeed illuminate the tree and thousands of lights up and down Main Street for the first time by Nov. 20; his arrival time to get the magic started isn’t known however.

Knowing old St. Nick’s preference for overnight activity, specially placed cameras will capture him in action. So whenever Santa’s arrives at the Square, the magic of the first lighting of the downtown lights will be caught and made available for everyone to see.

Speaking of Santa; parents and children wondering how to share Christmas lists with the jolly old elf and remain socially distanced need not worry.

Giving a coronavirus-safe throwback nod to the Santa House, a Christmastime fixture on the Square for many years, Chambersburg’s Official Letters to Santa Mailbox will be making its downtown debut.

Children of all ages are welcome to stop by F&M Trust on the Square. Letters dropped in Santa’s mailbox there will go by special delivery direct to the North Pole.

Small business Saturday

Small Business Saturday provides the perfect opportunity to drop off that special letter; grab a bite to eat, or find the perfect holiday gift. The day also provides the perfect opportunity to take in Downtown Chambersburg’s first-ever Parade of Windows.

Downtown businesses will go all out in decorating their storefronts and display windows in a no-holds-barred exhibition of holiday festivity starting Nov. 20.

Who will have the most over-the-top creation? Your guess is as good as any.

One thing is certain; magical Christmas memories, the kind that can only be made in Downtown Chambersburg, will be ready for you to make.