Dec. 6 First Friday: Celebrate Light Up Night and hang out with FlipSide

File photo: Santa waves out of a York City fire truck as he rides through Continental Square during the 2012 Light Up Night in York

File photo: Santa waves out of a York City fire truck as he rides through Continental Square during the 2012 Light Up Night in York

Update: According to the City of York website, some original Light Up Night plans have changed due to tonight’s forecast. The website states:

“The Tree Lighting Ceremony will still take place beginning 6:20 p.m. at Continental Square. We encourage you to come downtown early and enjoy entertainment and activities at Central Market and the Strand-Capitol. To receive updates, please like our page on Facebook or follow @YorkCityEvents on Twitter. We thank you for your understanding.”

The city’s Facebook page also includes an updated event map. Check the forecast here.

Reported earlier this week:
Santa Claus is coming to York. Celebrate Light Up Night downtown Friday. Festivities begin as the sun sets and last through the evening. It’s also First Friday, so here is a quick event rundown:

Light Up Night: The event begins at 5 p.m. at Continental Square. The Christmas tree will be lit and Mayor Kim Bracey will read “Twas’ the Night Before Christmas.” Students from New Hope School of the Arts, William Penn High School Symphonic Band and Greater York Dance will perform. All activities are free. New this year, Tyler Brown Photography will take photos with Santa 6:45 to 8 p.m. at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St. Each child will receive one 4-by-6 inch photo. The first 25 people who bring a new, unwrapped gift for the Toys for Tots collection at Continental Square will receive a $10 gift certificate to Central Family Restaurant. Everyone who donates a toy will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate. Read more in FlipSide.

Meet up with FlipSide: Show off your outrageous holiday sweater 6 to 7 p.m. on the red carpet outside Arthur & Daughters, 49 N. Beaver St. Flipside Entertainment Editor Ashley May will be on hand to judge the contest. Participants will have their photos taken and posted on the FlipSide Facebook page. The winner will be selected during the following days, and he or she will receive a basket filled with items from North Beaver Street stores.

Street closings: From 4:30 to 8 p.m., Market Street will be closed from Beaver to Duke. George Street will be closed from King to Philadelphia.

Ribbon cuttings: At 4 p.m., Sweet Melissa’s Dream will celebrate its move to 38 N. Beaver St. At 4:30 p.m., Kimman’s will cut the tape on its expanded store, 57 N. Beaver St. Santa will visit, too!

Goodies: My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe, 14 N. George St., and the The Salvation Army, with a stand on the square, will provide complimentary hot chocolate. Food, including crepes and gumbo, will be for sale on the square. Healthy World Cafe will pop up at 6 p.m. at Heidelberg UCC, 47 W. Philadelphia St. Other shops will serve and sell various other sweets and treats.

Find artistic gifts: Search for holiday gifts at the “100 Under 100″ exhibit at YorkArts, 10 N. Beaver St. The Parliament, 116 E. King St., hosts its Giftmas Shop. CoWork155, 155 W. Market St., will host a Creative Reuse Pop-Up Shop. York Young Professionals present a passport shopping expo in Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St.

Bars and entertainment: Jazz in the City returns with a 5 p.m. concert in the Studio at the Strand, near the corner of Philadelphia Street and Cherry Lane. Tickets are $3 or free with student ID. The York Emporium, 343 West Market St., hosts an Inappropriate Christmas Concert. Try drink and app specials 5 to 7 p.m at The Left Bank, 120 N. George St. Enter to win a holiday survival kit at Maewyn’s, 110 N. George St.

More happenings: Check out Downtown Inc’s First Friday poster or scan our Holiday Guide.

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