SALEM- The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Christmas "Light Up Night" Friday night on the Chamber lawn.
Adults and children alike welcomed the holiday season as the Christmas pine, horse-drawn carriage and snowflake-lined streets were illuminated with assistance from Mayor John Berlin. The Salem High School "Encore" choir followed with a short concert of Christmas carols and holiday themed songs.
Following the event the Salem Historical Society offered a Quakertown Trolley Christmas Light Tour of the Salem Beautification Committee's "Light Up the Night" contest participants. Winners of the contest were Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Mix for residential and Charles Presley and Group Leaders of America for commercial.
The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Christmas “Light Up Night” Friday night on the Chamber lawn. The Salem High School “Encore” choir performs a Christmas carol to set the mood. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)
Realife Church provided hot chocolate and refreshments. Fresh Mark and Visiting Angels of Salem provided hot dogs.
Friday night's celebration served as precursor to today's slate of downtown activities including the annual Christmas Parade at 1 p.m. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. prior to the parade and 1:30 to 3 p.m. following. Santa will be at Key Bank for photos from 1:30 to 3 p.m., as well. The Salem High School Interact Club will be distributing goody bags to children visiting Santa. The Salvation Army will be providing refreshments.
"This is a great community event and we're happy to be able to sponsor it," said Audrey Null, chamber executive director. "Hopefully people will turnout [today] and shop Salem, support our local businesses."
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