Lackawanna County Arts and the Lackawanna Visitor’s Bureau and Convention Center have teamed up to sponsor a magical holiday weekend of fun for all ages and showcase the renovations of the historic Globe Store Building that will now consolidate county offices in new Lackawanna County Government Center.
The event is modeled after medieval European winter markets that are said to have begun in Vienna in 1296 when Emperor Albrecht I granted shopkeepers the right to set up extra days in early winter the so that townspeople could stock up on provision for the winter months. These winter markets gradually led to the more festive “Christkindlemarkts”, Christmas Markets in Germany at which vendors would sell more holiday related items such as woodcarvings, roasted nuts, gingerbread. These markets also featured entertainment, food and hot mulled wine. Christmas markets are now found all over Europe and in some cities in the United States. The Lackawanna County Winter Market takes place in a large, industrial tent with heat and electricity will keep patrons warm and dry. Inside the tent will be 60 vendors and a lounge area with food by the Backyard Ale House and music by a variety of performers. Santa will also be on site along with children’s activities. The Junior League and Scranton Tomorrow will be partnering on a historic Globe Store Display as well as promoting the local businesses people can also visit during the weekend in downtown Scranton.
The market also pays homage to the iconic Globe Store, the department store where many people have fond memories of shopping and visiting Santa. Local artists will paint the front windows following a Winter Wonderland theme and the event kicks off on Friday, December 7 as part of First Friday Scranton with the lighting of the Globe Store building featuring holiday music by the Scranton High School and Valley View choirs and hot chocolate. Horse and Carriage rides by Brook Valley Farms will be available free of charge that evening
On Saturday, December 8 the first 1,000 shopper though the door will receive a reusable Winter Market tote bag.There will be wide variety of musical entertainment throughout the weekend ranging from Arcadia Chorale and students from the Northeastern, Pennsylvania Philharmonic Mentoring Program to solo acts and jazz trios.
Hours of the Lackawanna Winter Market:
Friday, December 7 5:00-9:00 pm
Saturday December 8 11:00-7:00 pm
Sunday, December 9 11:00-4:00 pm
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