Join us for an Easton tradition: the Lighting of the Easton Peace Candle!
Saturday, November 28th, 2020
The lighting of Easton’s Peace Candle had become a time-honored tradition. Unfortunately, due to COVID we will not be hosting a program as we have in the past around the lighting. The actual lighting will be streamed live on Easton Main Street Initiative Facebook Saturday evening. While we knew we couldn’t do the event like we used to, we wanted to find safe ways of bringing back the most popular parts. Cinderella carriage rides will run Saturday from 2:00-8:00pm. You can also have a custom video from Santa for your child. Tickets and additional information in links below.
Cinderella Carriage Rides 2:00 – 8:00pm
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.
Custom Messages from Santa
This time of year, Santa is busy in his North Pole workshop – but he’ll take time out to send personalized videos to all those on the nice list!
To keep your family and Santa and Mrs. Claus safe, we’ll be offering personalized videos from Santa to your family. Bring some Christmas magic straight from the North Pole right into your home! Purchase now through Wednesday, November 25 at 11:59 p.m. Videos will be customized especially for your family, be around 3-4 minutes in length and sent to you via email in the beginning of December so you can wait for the perfect moment to share it. Though so many traditions will be different this year, these videos offer a way for your family to get an extra boost of Christmas spirit, with the holidays just around the corner. Reserve your video HERE.
There will be a fee of $15 per video; all proceeds benefit the Greater Easton Development Partnership and its programs. You will be prompted to answer a few questions on the order form to help Santa. Please note, due to time constraints, videos will be one per family. Tickets do not have to be redeemed or sent to us, they are for informational purposes only.
Centre Square Stage:
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.