Black Friday and the Saturday that follows are bright indeed, with the joy of the holidays descending on Honesdale. Once again, “Honesdale for the Holidays” is promoted in a big way, with a festive Yuletide atmosphere.


Black Friday and the Saturday that follows are bright indeed, with the joy of the holidays descending on Honesdale. Once again, “Honesdale for the Holidays” is promoted in a big way, with a festive Yuletide atmosphere.
The annual Santa Parade starts at 6 p.m. and runs nearly an hour. It starts at the DSFI parking lot and heads north on Main, turning at 10th Street, ending at the park. This year, Santa will arrive on Main Street on a float resembling a train.
Gail Tucker, Executive Director of the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP) said that the train idea helps celebrate both the Birthplace of the American railroad- Honesdale, Pa.- and honors Lionel LLC.
The famous model railroad company has come out with a miniature, working model of the Stourbridge Lion, the locomotive that ran in Honesdale in 1829. GHP member Jeffrey Hiller invited Lionel to present its new model in Honesdale.
Following the parade, the annual tree and star lighting ceremony in Central Park will begin with the Lionel event. Alex Walsh, representing Lionel LLC, will present a model to Sally Talaga, director of the Wayne County Historical Society, and Honesdale Mayor Jonathan Fritz. Marking the occasion, the Stourbridge Lion Quartet will sing “Hail, Hail the Stourbridge Lion.”
After this, the traditional program continues, with a reading of the story behind Honesdale’s Christmas Star on top Irving Cliff, and the song “Winter Wonderland” penned by the late Dick Smith of Honesdale. His boyhood home overlooks the park.
 Santa, Rudolph and Frosty will be on hand. Carol Diesenbach will sing “O Holy Night” and the Wayne Choralaires will offer more holiday numbers. There will be candle lighting ceremony and the official lighting of the tree and cliff star. Santa will be around afterwards to meet the children.
GHP is assisted at the ceremony by personnel from Bold Gold Media.
Holiday music will sound from the Fred Miller Pavilion on Main Street, both Friday and Saturday. All day Saturday, Santa, Rudolph and Frosty will stroll the streets, as well as carolers and Top Hats and Lace Victorian dancers.  Horse-drawn carriage rides will leave from in front of the First National Community Bank at 10th and Main.
The miniature Lionel Stourbridge Lion will be on display at the Historical Society museum, 810 Main Street, where an art exhibit will be presented on Saturday, of Lionel train artist Angela Trotta Thomas. An open house, with holiday music and refreshments will be held at the museum from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Stourbridge Model Railroad Club will again feature on Saturday its extensive railroad village at Grace Episcopal Parish House, near 9th and Church Streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Also in keeping with the railroad theme, GHP hosted a special excursion of the Stourbridge Line on Saturday, which has been sold out. The public stepped forward and paid for the tickets of over 100 needy children, so they could enjoy a train ride with Santa. The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce has their regular schedule of Santa train rides, just ahead. Call the Chamber at 253-1960 for details.
Numerous storefronts have included model trains this year.
Tucker noted that many of the town’s merchants will be hosting a holiday open house and invite the public to stop and say hello. The experience of Christmas shopping in a traditional downtown, she affirmed, has much appeal over the traditional hassle that can be experienced at crowded malls.
Anyone who wants to jump in the Santa Parade lineup can call the GHP office on Friday, at 253-5492.