PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND David Knerr leads the St. Joseph the Worker Church Choir in "Ding, Dong, Merrily on High" at the South Whitehall Township tree lighting ceremony.
No one was fooled by the costume, but Raven had a great time as a reindeer. Brian Chilcote, Lisa Schadt, and Jennifer and Bill Metzger represent the Manito Equestrian Center. Raven, a certified Therapy Horse, is owned by the Metzgers.
Randy Cope, parks and recreation manager for South Whitehall Township, looks on as Alison Trautmann reads "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Erin Kelly sings at the South Whitehall Township tree lighting ceremony as officials look on.
The Solderich family Emily, 3; Joshua, 2; and dad, Joseph, visit with Santa.
South Whitehall welcomes the Christmas season
South Whitehall residents and neighbors braved a rainy evening to celebrate the holiday season at the annual tree lighting ceremony Dec. 6.
Using two large tent covers to help protect from the rain, parents and children enjoyed music, a visit by Raven, a therapy horse from Manito Equestrian Center, and dancers from Studio West Dance Center.
And, of course, a visit by Santa Claus was the hit of the evening.
Music was provided by the St. Joseph the Worker Choir, under the direction of David Knerr, solos by South Whitehall's Erin Kelly, and a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Allison Trautmann, youth librarian at Parkland Community Library.