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South Middleton Township

Boiling Springs pivots to hold modified holiday event at Spring Meadows Park Sunday

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Boiling Springs has temporarily moved its annual holiday event from Children's Lake to Spring Meadows Park.

Though a permit issue limiting attendance to the annual tree lighting ceremony at Boiling Springs seemed to be the end of the event, South Middleton Township stepped in to help the Boiling Springs Civic Association host a modified event this Sunday.

The association won’t be able to hold the event near the floating tree on Children’s Lake or near the lighted luminaries around the lake, but the township made arrangements for the association to hold a modified event with Santa at the main pavilion at Spring Meadows Park, located at 640 W. First St., in Boiling Springs.

Santa’s Village will set up at the pavilion, with Santa arriving by fire truck at 2 p.m. to talk with children and be available for photos.

The event will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and will include live music from members of the Bubbler Band Christmas Ensemble starting at 1:30 p.m. Santa’s Village will also include cider, cookies, hot cocoa, candy canes, letters to Santa and ornament making.

The association credits the township for reaching out to them to provide an alternate location for the event, and it thanks a number of businesses and the Citizen’s Fire Company for adapting to the changes.

The association does ask that participants practice social distancing and wear masks to the event, though masks can be removed for photos.

The temporary location change was made after the association received a permit from the National Parks Service for the event that would have limited attendance to a maximum of 50 people due to COVID-19 restrictions, which wasn’t a feasible option for the annual event.

That area of Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs village is located along the Appalachian Trail, which is considered a National Scenic Trail and falls under the National Parks Service jurisdiction.

Email Naomi Creason at or follow her on Twitter @SentinelCreason


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