No Christmas Parade for Carlisle this Winter, but More Activities Planned | Carlisle

From the rooftop to the front yard, Pete and Brandy Samuels decorated their Media Road, Carlisle home in an explosion of Christmas cheer.

The Carlisle Christmas Parade won’t be returning in December, but there will be plenty of activities downtown during this holiday season.

Glenn White, executive director of the Downtown Carlisle Association, which has hosted the parade in the past, said the association has suffered significant cuts from its two major funders, the Borough and Dickinson College, which has resulted in the need to remove a post. This staff member is the one who managed events like the parade.

The holiday season kicks off with Small Business Saturday on November 27, the day after Black Friday. The day encourages people to shop at local small businesses. LoveCarlisle will provide downtown businesses with promotional items and run advertising and social media campaigns to encourage people to buy locally.

Small Business Saturday also marks the first day of sales for Carlisle’s annual commemorative Christmas ornament. This year’s ornament will feature the Christmas igloo that was built in the square in 1947, designed by local artist Phil George.

Santa will be heading into town at 6 p.m. on December 3 in a horse-drawn carriage. At the Veteran’s Courtyard on the Square, he will lead the Tree Lighting Ceremony which will feature the Carlisle community’s new Christmas tree.

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The 26-foot-tall panel tree, sponsored by the GB Stuart Foundation, will feature over 1,000 lights and will be topped with a four-foot-tall lighted star. The tree will serve as a backdrop for photos of Santa Claus taken at events or for visitors to downtown.

After the tree lighting ceremony, Santa will be available for photos taken by Relevation Photography.

Horse and carriage rides will be offered in the city center on weekends. Other traditional events like Donuts with Santa at Bosler Memorial Library, Saturday photos with Santa Claus and storytelling with Mrs. Claus are also planned.

The downtown LoveBuck $ gift certificate program will continue to be available during the holiday season, and limited edition envelopes designed for the holiday season will be available for giveaways.

Updates on all of these events can be found and LoveBuck $ can be purchased at

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