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Race Street Park Christmas Tree
Olde Time Christmas in Jim Thorpe officially began last night with the Christmas parade down Broadway, the lighting of the Christmas Tree in the Josiah White Park by the train station and the lighting of the very first Christmas Tree in the Race Street Park.
Decorated with lights and mistletoe, the Blue Spruce tree generously donated by Patti and Kevin Borger of Borger Farm, embodies the spirit of magic and romance on historic Race Street.
Mistletoe hangs outside the doors of Race Street residents and shop-owners or is strategically placed inside so that visitors can enjoy Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas celebration on the most romantic street in the Pocono Mountains.
According to legend, the Goddess Friga, the goddess of love, asked all of the elements to protect her son, Balder, the god of the summer sun. All agreed, except for Loki, the god of evil. He tricked the blind god of winter, Holder, who shot Balder with an arrow dipped in mistletoe, which grew not on the ground, the water or the sky but grew in apple and oak trees. Balder died and the earth grew cold.
Friga and the elements tried for three days to revive her son, eventually succeeding when her tears turned into the white berries on mistletoe.
Friga was overjoyed and kissed everyone who traveled below the tree on which the mistletoe grew and pledged that no harm would come to them, only a kiss, a token of love.
You don’t need to watch a Hallmark Channel movie to find romance this Christmas season. You’ll find it when you bring your love to historic Race Street in Jim Thorpe, named this summer as one of the top 5 most beautiful towns in America by Rand McNally and USA Today.

A Victorian village decorated ala Dickens-style, caroling, train rides with Santa, shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House are just a few things that make this time of year in Jim Thorpe especially captivating. Be sure to check out the link at the top of the page for a list of Olde Time Christmas events this weekend.

Today’s Race Street events include a Santa Show at the Tolman House, opposite St. Mark’s Church, and the magnificent Bach and Handel Chorale’s Christmas Concert.
Santa Show
Tolman House, Race Street
Saturday, Dec. 1 at 12 noon and 2 pm
Admission: $5 for 3 years and up

Santa and Robert the elf entertain and interact with your children. Lots of fun for all! Skits, games, prizes, singalongs, jingle band North Pole fashion show and more. Each child will receive a reindeer bracelet from Santa . Don’t forget your camera lots of memory moments!

The Bach & Handel Chorale Christmas Concert in Jim Thorpe, PA
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
21 Race Street
Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm
All Tickets: $12. Children 10 & under are free. Tickets include a restaurant voucher for 15% off an entree at one of our Restaurant Partners the day of the concert – Bear Appetit, Broadway Grille & Pub, Crave at 66, Dom ‘N Ali’s, Macaluso’s, Moya, P. J. Whelihan’s at Platz’s, Through the Looking Glass.  For tickets call 570-325-4794 or go online at n http://www.lvartsboxoffice.org.
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