Palmerton’s ninth annual Christmas in the park features 154 trees – Times News Online


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Posted on December 06, 2021 at 1:45 p.m.

Santa and all his magical elves ushered in the ninth anniversary of Christmas in Palmerton Park held in Palmerton Borough Park on Saturday.

Mayor William Gallagher told those in attendance that Michele O’Neill, chair of the Christmas in the park committee, approached the borough “10 years ago with an idea”.

“Look how wonderful his idea has become,” said Gallagher. “We went from 40 trees nine years ago to 154 today.

O’Neill said she was “pleased with the good turnout”.

A total of 30 vendors, including the Palmerton Cat Project, lined the aisles leading to the pavilion and sold soups, baked goods and fries in less than two hours.

Santa arrived with compliments from the Palmerton firefighters, while horse-drawn wagon rides brought joy to young and old alike.

The day-long celebration began with a prayer led by Joe Uhnak and a cannon salute and patters by the UVO Color Guard to honor service members killed 80 years ago at Pearl Harbor.

Lee Koprivsek, of Hellertown, served as a medic in the regular army in Vietnam and was “honored to add (his) name to the veterans tree.”

“It’s amazing that there are still cities doing things like this at Christmas,” Koprivsek said.

“I’m glad they took the time to honor the veterans. It is important.”

Entertainment was provided in the form of the SS Palmer Elementary School Children’s Choir, which sang a selection of holiday tunes.

Later, the magic elves of the Off the Charts School of Music shared musical selections.

The celebrations ended with a countdown to light the trees in the park, followed by a Christian action council from churches in the Palmerton area singing in the pavilion where favorites such as “Jingle Bells”, “Rudolph” and “Silent Night” filled the air.

The Off the Charts School of Music performs at Palmerton’s Christmas in the Park on Saturday. See a photo gallery on tnonline.com. LYNN SHUPP / SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

U.S. Army Veteran Lee Koprivsek of Hellertown adds an ornament to the Veterans Tree. Koprivsek served as a medic in Vietnam. BETH RITTER-GUTH / SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

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