Partnering to Kick-Off Holiday Season

Waynesburg-Franklin Twp VFC partnering to kick-off the Holiday Season in Waynesburg

Waynesburg Prosperous and Beautiful is proud to announce their partnership with Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company to host this year’s Holiday Open House and Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 1, 2023.

Sponsored by EQT Corporation, the night kicks off the holiday season with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, wagon rides, kids’ activities, music, shopping in the Downtown shops, and an outdoor Holiday Market. In its 15th year, the yearly tradition is an event that delights all ages with the Tree Lighting Ceremony taking center stage on the steps of the Greene County Courthouse.

“We are excited that the Fire Company is willing to work with us and help take the event to a higher level,” said Jeanine Henry, president of Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful. “This event continues to grow and is a tradition that our stores and attendees look forward to each year.”

 

Tower-61 is used to help put up the lights and decorate the Christmas Tree in front of the Greene County Courthouse each year.

The Fire Company has been involved in many aspects of the event since its conception from continuing to assist the County of Greene and the Waynesburg Moose Lodge with the Christmas Tree lights to providing support in watching the burn barrels.

In 2020, the fire company offered their historic 1925 American LaFrance Fire Engine for photos with Santa. It continues to be a cherished photo for the community as the engine glistens under the Christmas tree lights.

 

1925 American LaFrance Fire Engine in front of the 2021 Christmas Tree.

 

“We look forward to taking a larger role in a tradition that brings happiness to so many in our community,” said Chief Jeff Marshall. “Our members and auxiliary members are already planning and hope to introduce new activities over the next few years.”

With the new partnership, the organizations are also seeking a new name for event. The popular nickname coined by attendees, “Light Up Night,” is trademarked by Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. If anyone has a suggestion, please email us at [email protected] or contact either organization on their Facebook page.

In conjunction with the Holiday Open House, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Greene County holds their Children’s Winter Coat and Gear distribution. In addition, CASA joined with Greene County United Way to create Candy Cane Lane on S. Church St. with activities, displays, and information for the community.

Greene County children, under 18, are invited to stroll pass Candy Cane Lane to the CASA office during the event. No appointment or RSVP is needed. For more information or to donate new and gently used children’s boots, clothing and gear, visit www.greenecountycasa.org.