Join us for an Easton tradition: the Lighting of the Easton Peace Candle!
Saturday, November 30th, 2019
10am to 8pm
We are excited to offer a full day of holiday cheer on November 30th, 2019 from 10am to 8pm! Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with live music, carriage rides, strolling street performers, ice carvers, and more treats to delight the whole family. Kick off the holiday shopping season with Downtown Easton’s selection of unique boutiques and specialty stores. A full day of merriment culminates in the grand lighting of Easton’s Peace Candle.
SOLD OUT Cinderella Carriage Rides Presented by RCN:
Carriage holds four adults comfortably; small children can also sit on adult laps. Ticket reserves entire carriage- whether it be a family or a private ride for a couple. Ride is approximately 15 minutes. *Because of the tight schedule, ticket holders must arrive within five minutes of their scheduled time. If you are more than five minutes late your reservations will be forfeited. No refunds for late arrivals or missed times. Coupons do not apply to this reservation. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
Breakfast with Santa: 8:30am & 10:30am (10:30 am seating is SOLD OUT)
Join Santa and his elves for a fun-filled family event including a buffet style breakfast, arts and crafts, and “take your own” pictures with Santa. Breakfast menu includes: scrambled eggs, french toast, sausage, bacon, potatoes, bagels & muffins, coffee, tea and juice. Tickets for the 8:30am seating can be purchased HERE. Tickets for the 10:30am seating can be purchased HERE.
Centre Square Stage:
11:00am Little Brass Band │ 12:00pm The Wandering Singers │ 12:45pm Big Easy Easton Brass │ 1:00pm EAMS │ 2:00pm Sing for America │ 3:00pm TubaChristmas │ 4:00pm Municipal Band │ 5:00pm Whirled Dreams Fire Twirling │ 6:00pm Swing Time Dolls
6:30pm Peace Candle Lighting Ceremony
11am-2pm & 2:30pm-6pm: Horse & Carriage Rides Presented by RCN │ 1pm-3pm Little Brass Band │ 1pm-4pm Balloons the Clown │1pm-4pm Stories with Mrs. Claus │ 1pm-5pm Gingerbread House Contest │1:30pm-6:30pm Photos with Santa Presented by Unity Bank, IBEW Local 102, and Alfero Company Inc. │1:30pm-6:30pm Coloring Books │ 4pm-7:30pm Stilt Walkers │ 4pm-8pm: Sculpted Ice Works Presented by The Morning Call, Gross McGinley & Patient First │ 4:30pm-6:30pm Sweet Adeline’s │ 5pm-7pm Strolling Dickens Performers
*Times subject to change
Easton House of Jerky │ The State Café and Grill │ Greene Marketplace │ Aman’s Indian Artisan Cuisine │ Quadrant Book Mart & Coffee House │ Mad J’s BBQ │ Dave’s Hot Dogs │ Sweet Girlz Bakery │ Tierra de Fuego │ Boy Scouts Hot Cocoa, Popcorn and Hot Cider │ Tolino Vineyards
*Vendors subject to change
All Day Activities:
Sleigh Photo Op │ Ornament Sales │ Face painting │ Moon bounce │ Pony rides │ Petting zoo │ Trackless train │ Stuff the Bus Easton │Peace Candle Pocket Lady
Light a Night
Click here for more information on this years Light a Night.
History of Peace Candle Lighting:
For decades, Easton’s Peace Candle has stood as a visual reminder and call for peace. It stands 106-feet tall and is displayed from mid-November to mid-January around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Centre Square. The Christmas Candle (as it was called) was first lit in 1951 at an interdenominational program in honor of those serving in the armed forces. Viewers gazed at a 75-foot-tall red candle, topped with neon yellow lights, its base encircled with evergreens. Over the years it’s been used as a call to peace. In 1972, a petition wanted the candle up until the Vietnam War ceased (which wouldn’t come until 1975). The petition was denied, but a 1990 petition to keep it going until the First Gulf War was over was granted. City officials maintained the Peace Candle until Feb. 28, 1991, adorning the base with yellow ribbons.
Growing pains: Over the last 30 years, the candle has undergone a series of upgrades to keep it burning bright. In the 1960s, Easton went several years without a candle after several harsh winters deteriorated the plywood structure. It sat for five years in storage, until residents asked to repair and bring it back in 1966. The candle lasted for two more seasons. By 1968 it was clear – the Peace Candle needed a durable frame. A new fiberglass frame carried the Peace Candle to 1990. In 1990, the candle received an overhaul that made it taller, and delivered a white candle with blue wax drippings — believed to be the largest non-wax candle in the U.S. In 2012, the Peace Candle got a $25,000 upgrade to its steel frame and a new look — a white body and off-white drippings with red lights in the evergreens. Peace Candle shares were sold for $20 to offset repairs.
A lasting tradition: Today the candle lighting has become a full-fledged festival with carriage rides, ice sculptors, gingerbread house contests, and a visit from Santa. Since 2013, Easton Main Street Initiative, the Greater Easton Development Partnership and volunteers have organized the Peace Candle Lighting/Holiday Open House. It kicks off the holiday shopping season in Downtown Easton, and coincides with Small Business Saturday. There’s a lot of work that goes into the annual effort. City maintenance workers repair and repaint the candle each year. Since 1981, Beatty Contractors has hoisted the candle up with its crane at a reduced rate. In 2009, the right to light the Peace Candle went to the highest bidder, a tradition that continues today. And Light a Night sponsors donate to keep the candle lit each night through the holiday season. Whether you’re coming for your very first time, or you bring your family each year, we welcome you to share in this tradition with us. May it be a festive kickoff to your holiday season!
Small Business Saturday:
Small Business Saturday is a push by American Express to encourage shoppers to support their local, small businesses during the holiday season (and all year round)! Many of our Downtown Easton businesses will be offering special promotions and sales throughout the day. To see more information and the participating businesses & their offers, click HERE.
Ornaments are $20 each. Ornaments are created annually and, other than the Easton Peace Candle, are run in limited edition batches – once the ornaments are sold out, they will not be reordered. Proceeds from the sale of the ornament with go to fund projects of the Greater Easton Development Partnership. This year’s lighting and open house will take place on Saturday, November 30th, 2019, from 10:00am to 8:00pm.
Ornaments are on sale throughout the year. Cash only please*.
*Credit cards accepted at the discretion of the outlet. Convenience fee may be charged for these sales.
Ornaments can be purchased online HERE or purchased at the following stores: Connexions Gallery, Mercantile Outpost (at the Easton Public Market), Sigal Museum and Easton Farmers’ Market.