Petersburg Christmas Tree Lighting

The newly planted Christmas tree outside of the Petersburg Town Hall will be illuminated for the first time during the community Christmas party at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27.

Petersburg Borough will be bringing some light to these dark evenings as residents celebrate their 26th Annual Petersburg Community Christmas Party Saturday, Nov. 27.

The celebration will begin with a 6 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony followed by refreshments, songs and a VIP appearance from Santa himself. This will also be the first tree lighting ceremony with the borough’s new young tree.

The event is organized by Jerry and Louise Houck in honor of Jerry’s parents Ed and Lillian Houck. He said that the original celebration was organized by his mother in honor of her late husband. As a part of the event, the former borough Christmas tree was planted on King Street outside of the Petersburg Town Hall. That tree was cut down last year.

“Our original tree got some kind of disease and died,” said Jerry.

That tree has been replaced by a new young evergreen that only stands around 6 feet tall. The Houcks admit the smaller tree will make for a different sight this year compared to the fully mature tree attendees were used to.

“It will look different,” said Louise. “The neighbors around probably won’t be kept up at night by the lights.”

Louise said that the tree obviously has a lot of growing to do before it will live up to its predecessor, but hopes this one will be around for decades to come.

“Hopefully it’ll last 25 years before it needs replaced,” said Louise.

The Houcks said there will be cookies, hot chocolate and coffee for all to enjoy. There will also be classic Christmas songs being led by Petersburg Church of the Nazarene Pastor Rev. Mark Mohnkern and his wife Sherri.

“It’s just a fun evening. People bring cookies, drinks or whatever they want to bring and enjoy themselves,” said Louise.

Last year’s service was held outside due to high COVID-19 cases in the region, but this year the party will go inside town hall once the tree has been lit. The Houcks said they feel safer having the event indoors this year, and hope everyone will stay safe.

Haldan can be reached at hkirsch@huntingdondailynews.com.

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