An old- fashioned Christmas: Celebrate in Ashland
Old- Fashioned Christmas set for Saturday in Ashland
Aholiday event in northern Schuylkill County is inviting the public to come have a taste of what Christmas in the past was like.
The Ashland Old- Fashioned Downtown Christmas will be held from 5 to 8 p. m. Saturday at North Fifth Street and Centre Street in the borough. The event is free, according to Jim Klock, treasurer and curator of the Ashland Area Historic Preservation
Society, one of the groups that sponsors the event.
Returning this year is the fanfavorite horsedrawn carriage rides, which will take passengers up Centre Street. In addition, The Station House — the former Ashland Borough Hall built in 1867 — will be open to the public and house refreshments, Jack Jones, historical society president, said.
“We give out hot chocolate and cookies and candy and hot dogs, and what we try to do is we try to let the children have at least one good day. Not everybody has everything they should have as kids” because of varying circumstances, Jones said. “We try to give them a bit of the way it should be, at least for one night. We have the characters go up and down the street, and we give free ( carriage) rides. It’s a good night, and we have the chorus here and Santa Claus is here, and he gives stuff. … We try to do it for
Jones’ Winterwalk Train Display & Shop at 533 Centre St. will be open, which features zero- gauge train displays with themes in all six rooms, including displays of Ashland, The Polar Express, a circus, the ’ 50s, an old- fashioned room and an amusement park.
Jones adorns the section of downtown behind the legion with decorations such as lights, Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, a manger set and more.
At the American Legion Post 434, which also sponsors the event, the Ashland Area Community Choir will be singing Christmas carols, and inside the legion, Santa will be stationed waiting to hear the boys’ and girls’ wishes.
This marks the third year of the historical society and legion running the show. The society took over after Ashland Downtown Inc., the first event coordinator, dissolved.
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“We give out hot chocolate and cookies and candy and hot dogs, and what we try to do is we try to let the children have at least one good day. ...” Jack Jones Ashland Historic Preservation Society president
Horse- drawn carriage rides return for this year’s Ashland Old- Fashioned Downtown Christmas set for 5 to 8 p. m. Saturday along North Fifth Street and Centre Street in Ashland. TOP: jones’ Winterwalk Train Display and Shop, 533 Centre Street, will be open for visitors. The display features zero- gauge train displays in six rooms.