Magic in hometown America

A Preview of Waynesburg’s Holiday Open House

Christmas festivities will light up High Street for Waynesburg’s 13th annual Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 3. From 4 -8 p.m., Greene County residents can explore downtown shops for holiday deals, competitions and merchandise. As they shop, residents can participate in a variety of outdoor activities and enjoy some seasonal treats. Waynesburg Prosperous and Beautiful is presenting the event, along with the sponsorship of EQT Corporation.

Some of the activities include an ugly sweater contest, horse-drawn wagon rides, free caricatures, a window decorating contest and pictures with Santa. The first 150 children to get their photo with Santa will also get a treat bag.

“This evening has become a holiday tradition,” Joanne Marshall, chair of the event said.

Marshall, who is also the director of the Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency, is excited for the event. In an interview, she described how some of the shops on High Street will be offering competitions, special deals and gift ideas for children.

“It’s like an element of surprise,” Marshall said.

Marshall described past activities the Open House will see this year. They are bringing back “Flix on the Brix,” an outdoor displayed movie event. Marshall explained that a film was shown a few times in the past, so they are bringing it back in hopes to gain more participants. 

“People enjoyed it,” Marshall said. “We’re hoping to have a bigger showing this year.”

The CASA program will be performing their winter coat distribution. Families in need can receive a free winter coat for their child. CrossPoint Church will also be performing a worship night for attendees. 

An expanded holiday market will be present. Lippincott Alpaca Farms will be selling alpaca fiber products. Quilts and baby clothes will also be available for purchase. 

Numerous shops will be participating in tonight’s festivities, as well as over 100 volunteers will assist with the event’s functions.

A full list of activities and times are listed on the webpage.

“We hope to continue bringing the magic and miracles of hometown America,” Marshall said.