The Lackawanna Historical Society invites the public to show their supports for the Historical Society while getting into the Christmas spirit. You learn to make traditional kissing balls to adorn your home and relive your childhood with the toy display.


Relax and drink in the sights of Scranton with a horse drawn carriage ride through the downtown area.

Be sure to join the Lackawanna Historical Society for one, or both, of these events to ring in the holiday season with family and friends while supporting the society.


Highlights

1 This year a special FREE ornament making workshop will be offered on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.  Participants are invited to come to Catlin House to learn the art of making Kissing Balls.

Kissing Balls, with origins dating back to the Middle Ages, were most popular during the Victorian era. Made with boughs of evergreen and herbs implanted in ball-shaped items like apples or potatoes, Kissing Balls were hung from ceilings or doorways to provide a sweet scent during the holiday season and in the more romantic sense, to symbolize love. It was common practice to include mistletoe under which a kiss could be shared! The workshop is free and open to the public but participants are asked to bring a Styrofoam ball (10-12 inches in diameter) on which to create their own Kissing Ball.

2 On Dec. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. join the fun at Catlin House with the Annual Open House. Come see this historic home decorated with all the holiday trimmings and interact with costumed tour guides to gain information about Christmas traditions.

3 A toy train display, along with other classic toys from childhood like Tonka Trucks and Rockem Sockem robots, will be on loan by Lackawanna Historical Society for your enjoyment. There will also be horse drawn carriage rides, by Brookvalley Farms, through beautiful downtown Scranton.

Why you should attend

The Lackawanna Historical Society invites the public to show their supports for the Historical Society while getting into the Christmas spirit. You learn to make traditional kissing balls to adorn your home and relive your childhood with the toy display.

Relax and drink in the sights of Scranton with a horse drawn carriage ride through the downtown area.
Be sure to join the Lackawanna Historical Society for one, or both, of these events to ring in the holiday season with family and friends while supporting the society.

About the event

When Kissing Ball workshop Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.; Annual Open House Dec. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where Catlin House: 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, PA 18510
Tickets Free; small fee for carriage rides.
Info For more information, or to register for the Kissing Ball Workshop, please call 570-344-3841

How to submit your event

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Call 570-253-3055
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