A modified Christmas in the Park program has been approved to be held in Lititz Springs Park in December this year. The small committee of volunteers from the LSP Board of Trustees has been creatively working to try and bring a much-needed sense of normalcy and joy to the community this holiday season, while still keeping our visitors and neighbors safe during this unprecedented year.
Instead of one night with a gathering of nearly 1000 persons, the program will be held over the 3 nights of December 4, 5 and 6, with each program starting at 6:30 pm in the band shell at the Park. Each night will be limited to 200 guests who must pre-register prior to the event. Guests are asked to choose just 1 night to attend so that others in the community may also have the opportunity to attend throughout the weekend. The event is still free, but pre-registration will be required, and guests will be asked to show their "ticket" to enter the seating area. Parties will be spaced out 6 feet or more from other parties around them. Additional spectators may not stand around the band shell area and security will strictly enforce this policy. Masks must be worn at all times. Those without a ticket or a mask will be asked to leave and watch the program from the livestream feed. More details on pre-registration will be available later this month.
The Christmas in the Park program will include many of the elements that the community has come to know and enjoy, but each night will feature a unique performance. Friday will be a family-friendly evening of "Christmas Future" featuring a performance by the Mennonite Children's Choir and a special visit from that jolly couple from the North. Saturday night, a celebration of "Christmas Present" will feature a holiday performance from Encore Dance Center's Performance Company. We may even have convinced Santa and Mrs. Claus to stick around an extra night this year! Sunday's program will be a quieter reflection of "Christmas Past" with traditional old-fashioned Christmas songs and a crowd candle-lighting. The community Christmas tree will be lit all 3 nights. Each program will last approximately 30 minutes. No food or drink will be offered this year.
It is our hope that by putting a little extra work into some new logistics, we can keep the tradition of Christmas in the Park alive in this challenging year. If we can offer the community a short time of something "normal" or something that has become a holiday tradition, while still being safe, then it is worth the extra effort. All guidelines for this event have been worked through and approved with the collaboration of the Lititz Springs Park Board of Trustees, The Lititz Borough Council and the Lititz Borough Police Department. We hope that those who wish to attend will follow the safety guidelines and keep Lititz events happening as best we can!
In a year where our town has had to sacrifice almost every event this year, we are very grateful that we have been given this opportunity to continue this tradition in the park. However, we will now need the cooperation of the town and those that attend to make sure it can be done safely! More details will soon be available on the Lititz Springs Park Facebook page and at www.lititzspringspark.org
"Registration will open on November 18th at Noon via this link on Eventbrite"