This Holiday Season brings twinkling lights and decorated trees to Memorial Park in downtown Carbondale as the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce introduces the City’s first ever Tinsel Trail. The Tinsel Trail consists of Christmas trees sponsored and decorated by folks from local businesses and organizations.

The 2018 holiday season sponsors include the Carbondale Historical Society, the Carbondale Shade Tree Commission, the Dime Bank, East Coast Specialties, the Greater Carbondale YMCA, the Lawler family, Nancy Esbenshade, Trinity Episcopal Church, Quality Perforating Inc., and UNICO.

It costs $100 to sponsor a tree and proceeds from the Tinsel Trail will be donated to Carbondale food banks to help people in need throughout the winter and holiday season. The Christmas trees will be set up in Memorial Park across from City Hall on Tuesday, November 27 and must be decorated by Friday, November 30 for the tree lighting at 6:00 that evening.

On Saturday, December 1, “Christmas in a Small Town” will come to Carbondale as the annual Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority Santa Train arrives at the Pioneer City Train Station at 10:30 a.m. An array of holiday activities will take place throughout downtown Carbondale that day, including wine tasting at RosAl Floral & Antiques, horse and carriage rides, and an appearance by the Christmas Grinch. Santa will be taking photos with kids in the Hotel Anthracite’s grand ballroom from 11:00 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Later that day, the Greater Carbondale YMCA will hold its 9th Annual Christmas Festival. From 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., kids are invited to participate in a variety of activities, many of which are free or available at family-friendly prices. The Christmas Festival is open to the general public and will feature bounce houses, a build-a-critter workshop, winter-themed carnival games, raffle baskets, Christmas Bingo, a gingerbread scavenger hunt, free pictures with Santa, and free Candyland open swim with an array of holiday floatables in the pool.

The YMCA will also be hosting Grinch School for kids at 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. There is a fee for this activity and pre-registration is required by calling (570) 282-2210 or stopping in at the Y. Children who participate in Grinch School can also take part in the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. from the PNC Bank on S. Main St. and ends at the YMCA.

Anyone needing more Christmas spirit on December 1 can head up to Forest City for an afternoon of fun holiday activities. The festivities kick off with a story time at the Honesdale National Bank at 1:00 p.m., followed by a lineup that includes carriage rides, carolers, and a “Christmas passport” from Zazzera’s Market that kids can fill out as they visit Main St. businesses to participate in fun activities.

Santa will arrive on Forest City’s Main St. on a fire truck at 4:00 p.m. The Christmas tree will be lit at 5:15 in the 500 block of Main St., and there will be a free holiday concert at the Forest City Historical Society at 5:45 p.m. Christmas trees decorated by students in the Forest City School District will line part of Main St. for the holiday season.