Pennington’s 33rd Holiday Walk, sponsored by the Pennington Business and Professionals Association, will once again take place in the center of town, on Friday, December 2nd from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The Holiday Walk is a Pennington tradition that signals the start of the holiday season and brings together the community for a night of family-friendly festivities.
It all begins at 6:00 pm with the arrival of Santa at Howe Commons, 65 S.Main Street. Santa will arrive just in time to light the tree. Hot chocolate, cider and holiday cookies will be served at the tree lighting, compliments of Pennington Bagel. There will also be some specialty food items provided by Camillo’s Restaurant, Chez Alice, The Place Family Eatery and Emily’s Café, all local eateries. Holiday music will be played by Kids MusicRound with a performance by the Hopewell Valley Youth Chorale and the Timberlane Band will be there to celebrate the arrival of Santa.
Next, dancers from DanceWorks of Mercer County will lead the parade along with the Hopewell Valley High School Band and accompanied by members of the Kidsbridge Club as Santa on his sleigh makes his way down Main Street to Sun Bank, where children will line up for their free photos with Santa, courtesy of Heather Raub of FrontRoom Images. There will also be candid shots taken during the evening of the various events around town courtesy of Wayne Hollendonner of Double Exposure Photography.
Festivities abound throughout the evening, including holiday performances by The Hopewell Valley Children’s Theatre Group and the Pennington Studio for Dance & Creative arts lead by Dawn Berman. The Wallaby Traveling Tales, a beloved Holiday Walk tradition, is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm at the Pennington Library. It is a free activity but you must call and reserve your space. The Pennington Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Washington Crossing Group of Revolutionary War re-enactors who will be around the campfire. The Pennington Singers, a select vocal group from The Pennington School will perform as well.
Another highlight of the evening will be John Goeke from Hopewell Valley Golf club and of Pumpkin Carving fame doing an ice carving on the grounds of the Sun Bank.
And for teens, there are lots of activities planned, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, at the Youth Activity Center at the YMCA, 82 South Main Street, and the Teen Coffee House in Morrell Hall, at the Pennington Methodist Church, 60 South Main Street.
We will also have some high school organizations and non-Main Street businesses setting up tables on Main Street and providing, cookies, cupcakes and Holiday wares. Stroll the street and enjoy the roving carolers made up of members of the First Baptist Church and the Hopewell Valley Central High School Choir.
Local stores and restaurants will be keeping their doors open throughout the evening for shopping, dining and a few holiday surprises!
This year local businesses have combined to donate to a MEGA Holiday Gift Basket. Those who qualify for the drawing by visiting various locations around town will be eligible to win this fantastic bounty of goodies. No purchase is necessary; simply complete the entry form at one of the participating businesses. The Holiday basket will be on display at Sun National Bank, 1 North Main Street. Entry forms will also be available at the bank.
The Pennington Business and Professionals Association is grateful to the numerous volunteers and generous sponsors who help make this annual community event a reality.
The Pennington Business and Professionals Association has been serving the Pennington business community for over thirty years and has over one hundred and thirty active members. Its purpose is to promote local businesses, while supporting the interests and well-being of the community.
PB&PA Committee Members:
- Co-Presidents: Wendy Rosen and Kevin Ryan
- Vice President: Robert Hall
- Secretary and Holiday Walk Chair: Alisandra B. Carnevale, Esq.
- Treasurer: I Lee Dickstein