The holiday season will kick off in the Shenango Valley Thursday with Light Up Night in downtown Sharon.

The city will be decked out again for the celebration, which began about a decade ago. Attractions include snacks, song and, of course, Santa Claus.

“It should be a fun evening,” said Angela Palumbo, president of the Greater Sharon Associates, which sponsors the festivities.

The annual event begins at 6 p.m. in the First National Bank parking lot.

Master of ceremonies Bob Popa of WPIC radio will introduce Sharon Mayor Bob Lucas who will welcome the crowd. Blessings will be offered by several area churches, Ms. Palumbo said.

Entertainment will include performances by the Sharon High School band and choir.

The traditional lighting of the torch and the Christmas tree, donated by Robin and Jim Gollner, are also highlights of the night.

A new feature, Ms. Palumbo said, is that the Shenango River will be lined with luminaries.

The Salvation Army will run a cantina and there will be free hot chocolate and candy for children of all ages thanks to Daffin’s Candies and Dean Dairy Products, Ms. Palumbo said.

The night will be capped off with a fireworks display and attendees are encouraged to patronize downtown businesses afterward, she said.

For the event, East State Street will be closed from Water Avenue to Shenango Street.

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