County Announces Lackawanna Winter Market Plans

November 14, 2018

SCRANTON — The most notable change this year for the popular holiday market at the Globe is the location — from inside the former department store to outside on the 100 block of Wyoming Avenue. Just about everything else stays the same, Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley said Wednesday as the county released the schedule and other details of the Dec. 7-9 event now known as the Lackawanna Winter Market at the Globe. “We are going to bring back the memories. We are going to bring back the fun. There is going to be music. There is going to be food. There is going to be shopping,” O’Malley said during a chilly, breezy press conference outside the Globe. More than 60 vendors will be featured at the market, which will occupy a large, industrial-type tent with heat and electricity that county officials say will take up most of the block in front of the old department store. “Don’t be afraid of the cold. Come on down,” Commissioner Laureen Cummings said. There will be a lounge area with food by the Backyard Ale House, an area for children’s activities and music by a variety of performers throughout the weekend. O’Malley promised the big man himself — Santa Claus — will also be there. The county stepped in to host the 2018 holiday market after ScrantonMade, which organized and ran the festival on the first floor of the vacant Globe in 2016 and 2017, decided against putting it on this year. With the former department store undergoing renovations and soon to open as the Lackawanna County Government Center, the county decided to move it outdoors. The Winter Market hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The market will open at 5 p.m. on Dec. 7 as part of First Friday Scranton festivities with the lighting of the Globe Store, featuring holiday music by the Scranton and Valley View high school choirs and hot chocolate and cookies by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO and LaFesta Italiana of Lackawanna County. Brook Valley Farms will provide free horse-drawn carriage rides. The first 1,000 shoppers through the doors on Saturday will receive a reusable Lackawanna Winter Market tote bag. Curt Camoni, executive director of the Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau, called the Holiday Market a great event that his agency is happy to support. “People are looking for that Rockwellian Christmas experience to bring their family out to enjoy, and that is exactly what this does,” Camoni said. Contact the writer: dsingleton@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9132

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