Brookville Kicks Off Christmas Season with Parade, Santa’s Express, Ice Sculpting

Brookville ChristmasBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The Christmas season kicked off on Friday in Brookville with Light Up Night.

The Christmas Parade heralded the arrival of Santa Claus and featured live music, floats, marching band units, and fire trucks.

Santa’s Express made the long trip from the North Pole to give rides to the kids.

Holiday street decorations and the Community Christmas Tree were officially lit immediately prior to the parade.

At his cottage, Santa met with and listened to each child as they shared their gift list, and then the children received a box of sweets from Mrs. Claus.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will continue to have hours in their cottage in front of the courthouse until Christmas. Please check times posted at the cottage.

Holiday revelers had the opportunity to enjoy an ice sculpturist carve an elf that kids could climb on and have their picture taken with.

Jared McAlister, of the DiMartino Ice Company in Jeannette, Pa., said he has been doing ice carvings for 16 years since he was just 14.

“The elf weighs 100 pounds and is made of three blocks of ice,” McAlister said. “It’s 70 inches tall and 40 inches wide. We’ve been as far as Alaska for festivals, and this year we will go as far as Birdsboro, Pa., and we will also be in Titusville in a few weeks and Franklin in February.”

The Jefferson County History Center Bowdish train display was open for viewing.

Also, a massive U.S. flag was carried by area military veterans in the parade.

Saturday, the Moonlite All American Drive-In Theatre outside of Brookville will be showing free movies on Small Business Saturday.

The box office opens at 5:00 p.m. with the shows beginning at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is admitted free!

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