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Will the Christmas tree float on Children’s Lake this year?
Yes, the tree will once again float on the lake and Santa Claus is expected to travel across the lake during this year’s tree lighting ceremony.
In fact, the tree is already in place in preparation.
The tree lighting ceremony, which is put on by the Boiling Springs Civic Association, will take place at Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Traditionally, the tree is set afloat on the lake and lit. However, in 2016, the tree was moved to a nearby gazebo because issues with the lake resulted in the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission drawing down the water level of the lake.
In 2016, part of the retaining wall at the lake collapsed after workers had drawn down the water level to install a cut off wall to stop water from the lake from infiltrating the surrounding area and causing sinkholes.
South Middleton Township Manager Cory Adams said some intermediate repairs to the wall of the lake were done this summer.
The lake is currently about one foot below normal levels because of concerns about creating sinkholes, according Mike Parker, spokesman for the Fish and Boat Commission.
Adams said the tentative timetable given to the township by the state has design and engineering to be completed between next year and 2020. Repairs are expected to be done in the winter between 2020 and 2021.
If you are unable to make the traditional tree lighting Sunday, it is not the only one in the Boiling Springs area this year.
At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 Allenberry Resort will host its first tree lighting ceremony in front of Fairfield Hall. The event includes performances by a concert pianist and a Christmas choir.
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