The Lackawanna County Commissioners, the Arts & Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to sponsor a magical holiday weekend of fun for all ages along with showcasing the renovations of the historic Globe Store that will consolidate, in the not too distant future, all County offices in the new Lackawanna County Government Center.
The event, scheduled for Dec. 7, 8 and 9, is modeled after medieval European winter markets that began in Vienna in 1296 when Emperor Albrecht 1 granted shopkeepers the right to set up extra days in early winter the so that townspeople could stock up on provisions for the winter months.
The 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 still in operation throughout Europe and are taking a foothold in many cities in the United States.
The Lackawanna County Winter Market will be in a large, industrial tent with heat and electricity to keep everyone warm and dry. The market will feature 60 vendors, a lounge area with food by The Backyard Ale House, and music by a variety of performers.
Santa will be on hand with children’s activities. The Junior League and Scranton Tomorrow will be assembling a historic Globe Store display as well as promoting the downtown businesses that people can also visit during the weekend.
“The Winter Market is a great family activity. Along with that, it will pay homage to the iconic Globe Store, where many people have fond memories of shopping and visiting Santa,” said Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.
Local artists will paint the front windows following a Winter Wonderland theme. The event will kick off as part of First Friday Scranton at 5 p.m. with the lighting of the Globe Store, featuring holiday music by the Scranton and Valley View High Schools’ choirs, and hot chocolate and cookies by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO and La Festa Italiana of Lackawanna County. Horse and carriage rides by Brook Valley Farms will be available free of charge.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the first 1,000 shoppers 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 at The Globe are, Friday, Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Music Schedule includes: Friday, Dec. 7, Arcadia Chorale, 5:30 p.m.; Dani-elle Kleha, 6:45 p.m.; J.P. Biondo & Friends, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, NativityMiguel School Choir, 11 a.m.; Jacob Cole & Mark Woodyatt, 11:30 a.m.; Little Star Tun, 12:45 p.m.; Mariah Hawley, 3:15 p.m.; NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program, 4:30 p.m.; Justin Padro Jazz Trio, 5:45 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, Jill Cullen & Jack Bordo, 11 a.m.; NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program, 12:15 p.m.; Malloy/Waltich/Smith Christmas Jazz Trio, 1:30 p.m.; Patrick McGlynn, 2:45 p.m.
Vendors include: A Day to Remember, Airmidian Natural Remedies, AOS Metals, Art by Sam Kuchwara /Allison LaRussa, Backyard Ale House, Bank Street Pottery, Bootlegger Bo’s Gem Mine, Boutique Libertina, Can Tees, Carmella’s Italian Deli & Pastries, and Country Girl Kettle Corn, Dale B. Craft, Debra J. Colarossi Salon, Dots and Dashes Jewelry, E Boutique Bows, Earth and Wears, Embroidery4U, Fly Me Home, From Drab to Fab, Gravity Line Forge, and Gypsy Cottage.
Also, JMS Photography, K & D Creations, K.K.’s Crochet Corner /Nick D.’s Video Game Vault, Kathy’s Crochet, Katie’s Kreations, Krafts BY Konopka, Lamberton Designs, Little Gems by Em, Lk’s Wreaths & Accessories, and Lola French Macarons.
Also, Lucchi Family Wine Cellars, Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, Mark Ciocca Illustrations, Nelstra Gallery,Newkirk Honey, Not Your Grandma’s Cross Stitch, NOTE Fragrances, On&On, Pittston Popcorn, Pratt Woodcraft, Pure Suds Co., Reclamation Industrial Furnishings, Rynkiewicz Dips and Mixes,Sam’s Wreaths and More, Shpoppy Shawn’s Shmoked Cheese, LLC, Stone Fawx Studios, Sugar Plum Chocolates, Tammy’s Stained Glass Treasures, Tarnowski Brothers Kielbasi, and The Baklava Lady.
Also, The Soap Box, The Sweet Lush Cupcakery, The Wandering Brew, Tig & Cooney’s,Valerie Kiser Design, Vikki’s Nut House, Wilbur’s Barkery, LLC, Woodland Way, and Yo Adrienne.