With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Duquesne, McKeesport and White Oak are all getting ready for the Christmas season.
Duquesne’s annual "Tis the Season" celebration is slated for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25.
Festivities will begin in Duquesne City Park and conclude with a community celebration in city hall. Local youth will perform in the city’s annual pageant, which includes a live nativity scene.
After the pageant, children may visit with Santa, and everyone can share refreshments and community camaraderie.
“We’ll have Christmas caroling that includes songs we all know and love, and just be social for a few hours,” said Pat Bluett, executive director of the Duquesne-West Mifflin Boys and Girls Club. “This is a nice way to make a holiday memory together as a community and we really hope to see everyone come out and celebrate.”
White Oak will host its annual Season of Lights Celebration this Saturday at Rainbow Volunteer Fire Company.
The community is invited to come together to kick off the holiday season beginning with a pancake and sausage brunch with Santa. The brunch is slated for 2 to 4:45 p.m. and will include visits with the big guy himself and goody bags for all participating children.
Ages 16 and under are free of charge, ages 17 and over are $2.
Local entertainment will be provided by the Mon Yough Chorale Singers at 3 p.m. and the McKeesport High School String Orchestra at 5 p.m.
The lucky winner of the borough’s coloring contest will get to flip the switch lighting the holiday tree, and kicking off the official White Oak Borough Season of Lights.
The lighting of the Season of Lights Tree will take place at 6 p.m. at Rainbow VFC.
McKeesport will hold its annual "Salute to Santa" parade on Fifth Avenue, Downtown, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 17). Olympic gold medalist and retired women's NBA all-star Swin Cash is scheduled to serve as grand marshal.
A children's party will follow at the Palisades Ballroom, Fifth and Water streets, Downtown.
The annual Festival of Trees is scheduled for 12 noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 to 10 at Jacob Woll Main Pavilion in Renziehausen Park.
The event features nearly 100 trees decorated in different themes by local civic groups, businesses and churches, as well as children’s activities and more trees at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center, a floral sale at the Garden Club building, and hay rides in the evenings.
A spokeswoman said the event promotes a sense of community while allowing various groups to showcase their role in the McKeesport area.
The event also includes hot meals provided by McKeesport Area culinary students and a bake sale by the Semper Fidelis Club.
Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer who covers municipal news from Duquesne and White Oak, as well as other events for Tube City Almanac. Jason Togyer, editor of Tube City Almanac, contributed to this story.
Originally published November 16, 2018.