The News & Reporter
Brenda McBrayer, an organizer of the Chester Christmas celebrations, has just one request for the upcoming holiday season. “Come celebrate Christmas in Chester with us!” she said emphatically.
On Nov. 30 through Dec. 1 the local celebrations are going to be the best the town has seen, McBrayer said. Santa will be everywhere and several Disney characters have been invited to attend this year’s festivities. “Cinderella and Snow White will be here but Belle and Jasmine haven’t responded yet,” McBrayer said On Nov. 30, the city will hold its annual Christmas Parade immediately followed by the tree lighting ceremony on top of the hill. “Santa’s gonna be there for the parade and he will be there for the tree lighting,” McBrayer said. “Santa will also be up early that Saturday at the Christmas breakfast at Anna’s Arbor at 8 a.m.”
On Dec. 1, Chester downtown businesses will be open and Mrs. Claus will be at the Chester County Library reading books to children. At Bethel United Methodist Church on York Street, there will be a puppet show featuring “The Grinch” and at city hall, children will make a gingerbread house. Participants are asked to sign-up early due to space limitations for an art studio with local artist Christy Buchanan who will help children create a 5×7 Christmas tree painting to take home. The fun will not be limited to just inside events but much fun is also planned for the outdoors, McBrayer said.
“We’re gonna have train rides, a ferris wheel and a carousel,” she said. “And with our light displays, we are so proud, We have two new this year. We will have candles and poinsettias 23-feet-high to welcome people to downtown.” Another special display planned on the side of the NAPA building on Hudson Street is “Santa in a Roadster,” McBrayer said. “It’s 17-feet-tall, his hat flies and he’s animated while he’s driving,” she said. “There’s a 21-feet-tall nativity scene and a 19-feet-tall animated Santa waving to people in downtown.”
There are a total of 19 Christmas displays planned for this year’s celebrations, McBrayer said. Organizers of the Christmas celebrations in Chester took into consideration the tough economic times and planned a weekend of activities that all families could afford and enjoy. “We want everyone to come celebrate with us,” McBrayer said.”Every child in Chester has an opportunity to have Christmas that weekend. Christmas is for everyone in Chester!”