Santa visit, lighted window displays, parade to brighten Carbondale's “Christmas in a Small Town.”

Representatives from the City of Carbondale, Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, and the Carbondale Business Association have formed a committee to finalize plans designed to promote the local economy during the upcoming holiday season.  The holiday festivities are being created to increase foot traffic in Carbondale’s downtown with Yuletide activities for local residents and those seeking a quaint holiday experience.  
“Christmas in a Small Town” will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, starting with the arrival of Santa Claus at the Pioneer City Train Station on a Steamtown train, where Jolly Old St. Nick will greet children and their families, and then be transported to City Hall by horse drawn carriage. 
The day will be filled with events for the entire family, including photos with Santa and traditional Christmas characters at City Hall, horse-drawn carriage rides, a living Nativity scene, Nutcracker Shopping at the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, decorating and lighting of the City’s Community Christmas Tree in McCawley Park, and a Lighted Christmas Parade with a guest appearance by Santa. 
In addition to Christmas in a Small Town, the committee is planning and coordinating lighted window displays for all downtown businesses.  This year’s lighted window displays will be themed “Winter Wonderland,” which will begin on November 25.  Visitors will be invited to walk through town and view the lighted window displays, then vote for their favorite window beginning on December 5.  Businesses that wish to have their windows registered for the Winter Wonderland project should contact Christine Tocki-Mulvey at 282-2882 for a registration form and guidelines.  Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 18.  All windows must be decorated for the official lighting on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 5 p.m. 
On Friday, Dec. 11, the lighted window displays will be featured during the Winter Wonderland Experience from 5-7 p.m.  A stroll through town to view the lights will include caroler’s, visits to the Greater Carbondale’s Chamber of Commerce Seasons of Art Gallery, and children are invited to bring their letter to Santa to the North Pole Mail Box that will be located in City Hall.  Other activities will include a food and toy drive to benefit needy families in the City of Carbondale.   More information on all of the above events, including times and location of specific activities, will be featured in upcoming editions of the Carbondale News.