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Holiday Festival To Move Outside The Globe As Longtime Organizers Step Back

October 4, 2018

The organizers of the popular Scranton-oriented, downtown holiday shopping festival have decided against running one this year, but Lackawanna County plans to step in and do it instead.

The re-dubbed Lackawanna Winter Festival at The Globe will take place Dec. 7-9 on the 100 block of Wyoming Avenue, instead of inside the former Globe Store, its home for the last two years.

The county expects as many as 80 vendors, spokesman Joe D’Arienzo said. He said vendors interested in the county festival may call 570-963-6590 to register.

“We are going to have it,” D’Arienzo said. “It’ll be smaller.”

With the Globe undergoing conversion into the new Lackawanna County Government Center, ScrantonMade Holiday Festival organizers Chrissy Manuel and Cristin Powers hoped to find a different venue for their sixth annual festival. They even talked with the county about running the outdoors version. They couldn’t find a suitable alternate indoor venue with enough parking and close enough to downtown. Plenty busy with other ventures like the summertime Lackawanna Arts Festival, she and Manuel decided to step away and let the county handle the outdoor event with hopes of resuming their festival next year, Powers said.

“We’ll definitely do something next year,” she said.

Power and Manuel initially announced their withdrawal on ScrantonMade’s Facebook page.

“We’re taking this as a sign that it’s time to take a break, a breath, and focus on other projects we have in the works,” they wrote in a post. “We are thrilled that this ScrantonMade movement has gained such momentum over the past 6 years and there are many great holiday events to participate in and support!”

ScrantonMade’s first two holiday festivals — in 2013 and 2014 — took place in heated tents on Courthouse Square. The three-day event moved into the former Bon-Ton department store in the Marketplace at Steamtown for 2015 and the Globe the last two years.

“It sparked such a movement,” Powers said, noting other similar buy-local events take place year-round.

Besides the county event, The Connell Lofts, in the 100 block of North Washington Ave., has announced its own holiday market for November and December, according to its Facebook page.

Contact the writer: bkrawczeniuk@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9147; @BorysBlogTT on Twitter

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