A weekend full of holiday activities in Carlisle begins Friday night with the annual Christmas parade.
The “Light Up The Night” Carlisle Christmas Parade steps off at 7 p.m. from the old Masland/IAC parking lot south of Carlisle Fire and Rescue Services and will proceed down Hanover Street to South Street. The parade features more than 40 floats, marching bands, youth groups, dancers, horses, fire trucks and more. It will be held rain or shine.
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At South Street, Santa’s carriage will turn around and return to the Square for the 8 p.m. community tree lighting followed at 8:30 by the community carol sing and free photos with Santa.
Also following the parade at 8 p.m., Benchfield Farms will offer carriage rides. Cost is $5 per adult and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger ride for free with an adult.
Create-A-Palooza, at 11 E. High St., will host a Christmas ornament painting event after the parade until 10:30 p.m. The cost to paint an ornament is $6.
Hot cider and hot chocolate will be available at Alpine Haus on the Square from 6 to 9 p.m.
Friday evening’s festivities conclude with the showing of the Christmas movie “Jingle All the Way” at the Carlisle Theatre.
Downtown Carlisle Association found its model for the 2019 Carlisle Heritage Series Christmas Ornament thanks to an alert Dumpster diver.
The downtown celebration continues Saturday with Donuts with Santa at 9 a.m. at Bosler Memorial Library.
The Cumberland County Historical Society will host a holiday family program that starts at the G.B. Stuart History Workshop, 29 W. High St., and Storytelling with Mrs. Claus will be held at 1 p.m. at Whistlestop Bookshop, 129 W. High St.
The day ends with the annual showing of “White Christmas” at Carlisle Theatre at 7 p.m.
Also on Saturday, the Market of Curiosities opens its doors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carlisle Expo Center. Admission to the show is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for children under 12 years old. The first 100 people to come through the doors receive a tote bag designed by local artist Aron Rook.
The entertainment at the show features sword-swallower Tyler Fyre, who performs at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Circus Stella, which will perform at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Curious Kid’s Open Mic Session starts at 11:30 a.m., featuring music and a few jokes. Punk Rock Santa will be at the show throughout the day.
The Carlisle Barracks Christkindlesmarkt will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. This holiday crafts bazaar is open to the public with free admission and parking.