By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
It’s time once again for Ebensburg to host its annual Victorian-themed holiday event, Dickens of a Christmas. Visitors can “journey back in time” to experience an old-fashioned holiday Dec. 2 through Dec. 4.
Now in its 11th year, Dickens of a Christmas features Christmas displays, craft shows, ice sculptures, a parade and more.
“Ebensburg is all about community and, as with all of our events, we try to foster a sense of community among our residents and guests,” said Danea Koss, community development director for Ebensburg Borough and Ebensburg Main Street Partnership. “This event is a great opportunity for families and friends to start or continue Christmas traditions here in Ebensburg, like attending our Christmas parade, breakfast with Santa, caroling in the snow and so many other things.”
Koss said the entire community comes together during the three-day weekend in order to help make it a success.
Events kick off Dec. 2 with activities at the Cambria County Courthouse. County employees decorate the row offices in the theme of a Victorian-era Christmas, and the courthouse remains open at times throughout the weekend for visitors.
A light-up ceremony is held at Kimball Park that evening. Families can then attend Cresson Lake Playhouse’s production of “A Christmas Cabaret,” head to a family movie night at the Young Peoples Community Center or attend a holiday open house at the Cambria County Historical Society.
Borough Manager Dan Penatzer said that the weekend allows people to stop and enjoy all of the elaborate Christmas displays and decorations.
A display of large lighted characters depicting the “12 Days of Christmas” in Veterans Park is a favorite among children. Burning cresset baskets will be set afire and glow again in Penn Eben Park and Kimball Park.
Saturday’s events include four craft shows, the Christmas Parade and “Breakfast with Santa.” The latter, which begins at 8 a.m. is to be hosted by the Ebensburg Woman’s Club and take place inside the Young Peoples Community Center. Children’s activities are scheduled at the center beginning at 2 p.m.
The Christmas parade is to start at 11 a.m. at the Ebensburg Public Library along Highland Avenue. It is to travel south on North Center Street until it reaches the intersection at High Street, then turn right on West High Street, turn left onto Julian Street and go back to where it started.
New this year is a bike race and winter bash that has been organized by Pour on Center. In addition to the race and bash, a pig roast is scheduled for 9 a.m.
First United Church of Christ members plan to present a strings and Christmas recital, followed by a pipe organ recital at Ebensburg Presbyterian Church. Meanwhile, in addition to their gingerbread contest, the historical society is to hold two holiday open houses.
In addition to Cresson Lake Playhouse’s “A Christmas Cabaret,” other productions include Mount Aloysius College’s “A Madrigal Christmas Story” (to be held Saturday and Sunday) and Grace Church’s “The Christmas Guest,” which are to be presented during their Dickens Dessert Theater.
Visitors can also participate in self-guided tours of the former county prison, view a live nativity, and enjoy sleigh and carriage rides through town. Weather permitting, a bonfire will be held and sledding opportunities will be offered.
Local businesses have been encouraged to decorate their storefronts, and some restaurants are offering special Victorian-themed menus. Those who attend are encouraged to wear Victorian-era costumes.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.EbensburgDickens.com or call 814-472-8780.