The November 26th Peace Candle Lighting Ceremony will highlight a full day of holiday activities, celebration and entertainment in Easton | The Valley Book

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EASTON, Pa. — Easton’s Peace Candle — the city’s beloved holiday symbol, representing a collective, universal wish for humanity — will celebrate the season on Saturday, November 26 with a ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. at a newly renovated center lights square.

The annual lighting is part of a day of festive and family-friendly activities from 12pm to 8pm organized by the Easton Main Street Initiative, a program of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, in partnership with the City of Easton.

The day’s activities include Small Business Saturday, an opportunity for shoppers to visit more than 50 Easton boutiques, shops and galleries to enjoy personalized service, unique gifts and special offers while supporting local, independent businesses that make the difference are at the heart of a city’s economic prosperity. Being. Easton’s acclaimed restaurants will be open for shoppers to relax, refresh and toast to the season.

The Peace Candle is also at the epicenter of Easton Winter Village and is presented by the Lehigh Valley Health Network. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 18th to December 18th shoppers can browse over 40 cabins with special gifts and enjoy food trucks with delicious treats. The complimentary Easton Winter Village features daily entertainment including an ice skating rink, live holiday music, ice carving, a heat station, performances and more. (EWV opening hours: Friday 4pm – 8pm, Saturday 12pm – 8pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm eastonwintervillage.com)

The schedule for November 26th:

  • Breakfast with Santa Claus. 10:00am at Bank Street Annex (Advance tickets only, eventbrite.com)
  • Meet Santa’s reindeer. 12-3 p.m. in the middle square
  • Photos with Santa Claus. 1pm-5pm in the Santa Zone (tickets highly recommended, eventbrite.com)
  • Easton Middle School Band performance. 12-1 p.m. in the center square
  • SwingTime Doll’s performance. 1-3 p.m. in the middle square
  • Ice carving demonstration. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the central square
  • Small brass band. 1-4 p.m., strolling
  • Cinderella carriage rides. 2pm-8pm; Center Square (Advance tickets required, eventbrite.com)
  • Easton Municipal Band. 4 p.m. on the stage at Center Square
  • organ concert. 4 p.m. at First UCC Church, 27 N. Third St.
  • Holiday Stilt Walker. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the central square
  • Sing for America. 6-6:30 p.m. on the Center Square stage
  • Actors of rainbows and unicorns. 6-7 p.m., strolling
  • Candle Lighting Ceremony. 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the middle square
  • Sing for America. 7-8 p.m. on the Center Square stage

The Easton Pocket Lady will once again stroll through Easton’s Winter Village on Peace Candle Lighting Day. She enchants the children with her sweet smile and invites them to dig deep into one of her 52 coat pockets and find special surprises. From coins to dreidels, erasers and pencils, crayons and coloring pads, stuffed animals and more, there’s an adorable gift in every bag. Most kids like their prize, but there’s no turning back. You may only pick once.

For decades, the Easton Peace Candle has lit as a visual reminder and call to peace. It stands 106 feet tall and is on display around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Center Square from mid-November to mid-January. The Christmas candle (as it was known) was first lit in 1951 at a non-denominational program honoring those who served in the armed forces.

The symbolism of the candle in 2022 could not be more appropriate or timely. Peacefulness has fallen to its lowest level in 15 years, fueled by post-COVID economic uncertainty and the Ukraine conflict, according to the 16th edition of the Global Peace Index from the international think tank Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP).

Via EMSI and GEDP

The Easton Main Street Initiative is a subsidiary of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, a 501(c)(3) registered entity. EMSI’s mission is to nurture, nurture, and enhance the economic strength and vitality of Easton’s central business district through volunteer and community efforts. More: eastonmainstreet.org.

GEDP is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit organization focused on Easton’s economic well-being, historical integrity, programmatic development, vibrant culture and hospitality. GEDP consists of Easton Farmers’ Market, Easton Main Street Initiative, Easton Public Market, PA Bacon Fest, Easton Ambassadors and many other programs. More: eastonpartnership.org.

Information provided to TVL by:
Michael Drabenstott (for GEDP)
Drabenstott Communications Group


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