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Home for the Holidays promotes shopping local, spreading cheer in Titusville

Special weekend a citywide festival of holiday fun

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Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017 5:00 am

’Tis the season to be jolly — and for most people — ’tis also the season to be shopping.

Titusville’s annual Home for the Holidays event is the perfect way for residents to continue their search for those perfect gifts.

According to Emily Altomare, executive director of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, a lot of fun and festivity await the entire family in Titusville during Home for the Holidays, which starts today and runs through Saturday. 

Altomare said the event will include free horse-drawn covered wagon rides, sweet treats, crafts, plenty of lights and decor, shopping, and several appearances by Santa.

The event schedule will include the annual Holiday at Burgess lights display at Burgess Park, which will be open all three nights, from 6 to 9 p.m. (and every night through New Year’s Eve), with visits from Santa and live reindeer Saturday. This is the 14th year for Holiday at Burgess, which has dozens of scenes, from trains to a playful polar bear family, created in lights that decorate the park, illuminating the magic of the holiday season for young and old.

Area residents can also view the live Nativity at Grace Fellowship Church, on state Route 8, near Walmart, from 6 to 9 p.m., on Friday and Saturday. This annual event brings the biblical city of Bethlehem to bustling life in an incredible display.

Both the Holiday at Burgess light display and live Nativity are drive-through events by donation only.

Tonight, from 6 to 8, Warner’s Bakery will host an open house featuring “edible cocktails,” including the bakery’s holiday hit — rum balls and amoretto cherries, along with sugar cookies for the kids. Four-legged friends will be the recipients of Friday’s special, from 6 to 8 p.m. Youngsters can come back Saturday, between 4 and 7 p.m., for cookie decorating.

Children who are feeling crafty can also make their own ornaments at Benson Memorial Library on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Additionally, Saturday will bring a "Holiday Art Attack," event to Savory Studios, at 111 W. Central Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass will bring the sounds of the season to the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville’s Henne Auditorium. There is a fee and tickets are available at the chamber office, 202 W. Central Ave. Doors open at 1 p.m. The concert begins at 1:30, followed by live performances from a local dance studio and the Titusville Middle and High School bands. A reception is included in the price of the ticket, all courtesy of the Titusville Council on the Arts.

The Elks Lodge No. 264, of Titusville, is sponsoring free horse-drawn covered wagon rides on Saturday, between 4 and 7 p.m. Meet by the gazebo in Scheide Park to have a beautiful pair of Percheron draft horses whisk your family and friends around downtown Titusville to enjoy the holiday decorations.

The popular vendor pop-up shop will be open from 5 to 8 tonight, Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in two locations, in the Benson Memorial Library community room and the YWCA, side by side on North Franklin Street. The shop will house several vendors selling a variety of handmade crafts, beauty products, jewelry, wooden toys, decor and more.

A local photographer will be on hand Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 to 8 p.m., to take the perfect picture of your family, friends or pet, for a small fee. This is a great way to have a professional photo for your holiday card or social media profile pic.

The Titusville Historical Society’s Heritage Center will be open Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., with Titusville souvenirs and Big Daddy’s Nuts for sale, along with free cookies and cocoa for all.

Celebrate loved ones with the Titusville Area Hospital and Auxiliary “Lights of Love” tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m., on Friday. Donations can be made in honor or in memory of loved ones by contacting the hospital. 

And, if it’s Santa you’re looking for, you can find him at a number of events. 

Families may join Santa for breakfast at Cross Creek Resort, state Route 8, south of Titusville, at 9 a.m., on Saturday. There is a fee.

Or see him at the Holiday at Burgess light display Friday and Saturday evenings, from 6 to 8.

In addition, shopping locally will be rewarded. Shoppers can bring their receipts to the chamber office and, for every $25 spent in the 16354 zipcode, between Nov. 25, “Small Business Saturday,” and Dec. 13, they will receive an entry for a drawing of one of three $50 chamber gift certificates.

Participation in Home for the Holidays will also be rewarded. Passports listing all of the activities are available at the Chamber of Commerce office and some participating locations. Get your passport stamped at each Home for the Holidays activity you attend. Return completed passports to the chamber office by Dec. 6, to be eligible for a drawing of a chamber gift certificate.

Chamber gift certificates are accepted at more than 40 Titusville area locations including shops, restaurants, and salons, and they never expire. They are also available for purchase year round in any dollar amount while keeping your money local.

Home for the Holidays began in 2013 as a program of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce to support shopping local and promote the festivities in the area.

For additional information on Home for the Holidays events and activities, call the chamber, at (814) 827-2941, or email Emily@TitusvilleChamber.com.

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