Saturday events open holiday season for Moshannon Valley

The holidays will kick off officially in Philipsburg on Saturday.

The annual Christmas parade is always the beginning to the Moshannon Valley yuletide season. This year’s event will start rolling down Front Street at noon. The grand finale to the parade is always the arrival of Santa Claus and a couple of his reindeer pals, usually on one of the Philipsburg Fire Department vehicles.

Following the parade, Santa will still have work to do before heading back to the North Pole. He will be taking present requests and sitting for pictures at the former Philipsburg Elks Lodge on Second Street. Pictures will be available for $5 apiece, but parents are welcome to take their own pictures for free.

Some local organizations also will be participating in the Saturday festivities with their own events.

The Friends of the Holt Memorial Library will hold their monthly book sale at the library on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library also will be the site of the annual Mitten Tree that gathers new mittens, scarves and hats for kids in need. Organizers said last year’s event collected more than 300 items, which were then given to Community Action of Central Pennsylvania for distribution.

Philipsburg-Osceola students will be making music at the Rowland Theatre after the parade, and selling Christmas cookies for $5 per box.