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See The Globe Store in Scranton light up again on Dec. 2, then shop its Holiday Market through Dec. 4

See The Globe Store in Scranton light up again on Dec. 2, then shop its Holiday Market through Dec. 4
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From a press release:

The holiday season is officially upon us. The hustle and bustle of shopping, community events, elaborate decorations, and family gatherings all add to the aura this time of year. These activities are timeless in their meaning and significance.

A fond memory of days gone by will be rekindled and shine brightly for many years to come when the Lackawanna County Commissioners flick the switch to light up the old Globe Store, which is now the Lackawanna County Government Center, on Friday, Dec. 2, with festivities beginning at 4:55 p.m.

This action will serve as the beginning of a planned “downtown renaissance” and the county’s move into the stately structure.

The evening’s activities will kick off with holiday selections performed by the choirs of both Scranton and Valley View High Schools. A program with brief remarks by local officials will follow.

The switch will be turned on at approximately 5:30 p.m. to illuminate The Globe Store, which has been decorated extensively for the holidays.

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National and La Festa Italiana of Lackawanna County are donating the refreshments for the ceremony, and their members will be serving the hot chocolate and cookies.

Brookvalley Farm will be offering horse-drawn carriage rides for $5. There will also be a visit from Santa Claus.

COLTS will be picking up and dropping off passengers starting at noon on the 100 block of Mifflin Avenue.

The first floor window bays will be festively decorated for the season by ScrantonMade. The decorations for the Wyoming Avenue side of the building include 11 trees, 16 wreaths, and 180 feet of garland, all with lights and ornaments. Holiday designs will also adorn the windows on the Penn Avenue side of the building.

Following the lighting ceremony, patrons can shop at The Globe just like they used to during ScrantonMade’s fourth annual Holiday Market on Dec. 2 through Dec. 4, featuring 140 local vendors in the historic building. It will be open on Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

“The decorations are just the beginning of our plans for the building. We want to recreate the festive look that many of our residents remember while also giving our youth a glimpse of our grand history,” explained Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley. “Our goal is to have The Globe serve as the gateway to a new beginning for the downtown and the rebirth of our central city core.”

“The holiday season is a great time of year filled with all kinds of family and community traditions. The lighting program is our part of recalling the traditions of the past with bright hope for the future,” said Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.

“Christmas is my favorite time of year. The decorations plan for The Globe will help to bring back memories for me and others of the past,” noted Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings. “This is a great way to unite our community.”

For more information on the Holiday Market this weekend, visit and the Facebook event page.

Watch more videos looking back at the history of The Globe Store here.