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News: Save the Date! - Perkasie's Tree Lighting 12/4

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The nation’s oldest Community Tree Lighting Ceremony returns to it’s traditional in-person format for 2021, after the global pandemic sent us virtual in 2020. This year’s event is scheduled for 5pm-8pm on Saturday December 4th. 

Perkasie’s ceremony began in 1909 and is now in its 112th year. It was officially recognized as the oldest in the US in 2015, when it was read into the Congressional Record by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick.

Families can expect a traditional evening out, with Holiday music, food and fun. The event opens at 5pm with Perkasie Mayor, John Hollenbach and his annual reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas”. Carols and Holiday music from local school choirs will be followed by rocking Holiday music from Mike Greer & Co. Horse and carriage rides, wandering carolers, costumed characters, themed performances and food trucks round out the night along with shopping and dining specials from Perkasie’s local small businesses.

Santa Claus and Mrs Claus arrive on a Perkasie Electric Truck to light the Christmas tree at 7pm then will be available for photographs in the RE/MAX440 building at 7th & Market St. One lucky child will be chosen to climb on the stage to help Santa light the tree; bring a non-perishable food item for Pennridge FISH to enter the drawing.

  • The Perkasie Historical Society Museum will be open on W. Walnut St with a visit and storytimes by the conductor from The Polar Express. Dates and times to be confirmed.

  • Perkasie’s Historic Carousel will be open for rides with Santa from 12pm-5pm on Saturday December 4th.

  • Doug Kramer’s Holiday Train Display will be open at the Perkasie Electric Company – dates and times to be confirmed.

  • Local churches are open with Holiday displays, carols and hot cocoa to warm you on the walk into or out of town.

We are grateful to the 2021 event sponsors of America’s Oldest Community Tree Lighting Ceremony.


  • Major Sponsors: American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Gilmore & Associates, The Gutter Guys, A&T Chevrolet-Subaru
  • Carriage Sponsors: Laurel Abstract, Thrivent Financial
  • Tent & Entertainment Sponsors: McDonalds Perkasie, Moving Targets, Penn Community Bank, The Ram Pub, Shelly’s, Univest, Hart Mechanical, Indian Valley Camping Center, QNB
  • General Sponsors: Chimayo Gallery, Free Will Brewing Company, JC Steinly, Joe Davis Autosport, Landis Supermarket, Perkasie Historical Society, Rise & Grind Cafe, Weber Kracht & Chellew