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Holiday events fill calendar

SCRANTON – The Lackawanna Historical Society and Electric City Trolley Museum will host a series of events through the holiday celebrating Christmas and seasons past.

The Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton, welcomed Santa Claus on its annual trolley ride for the first time this year on Saturday, Dec. 3. Santa Trolley excursions continue Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18, with departures at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30, and 3 p.m.

The museum will also host the annual Festival of Trees exhibit beginning with an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 9, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Under a unique theme each year, community organizations and business decorate trees, and all proceeds are given to Toys for Tots.

Tickets for Friday’s opening reception, which includes refreshments from the Wall Street Deli and live music by Kriki, are $20. The exhibit continues through Sunday, Dec. 31 during regular museum hours.

The LHS, housed in the historic Catlin House at 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, will host a Kissing Ball making workshop on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Kissing Balls, which trace their roots to the Victorian Era, are made of boughs of evergreen and herbs and were traditionally hung from ceilings or doorways to symbolize love and fill the home with sweet smells during the holidays.

The workshop is free, but participants are asked to being a 10-12 inch Styrofoam ball to create their own Kissing Ball.

Events continue on Friday, Dec. 9 with the society’s annual holiday open house from 7 to 9 p.m. Costumed guides will share time-honored holiday traditions in the fully decorated home.

New this year, the society will recall some past popular Christmas gifts on loan from LHS members including Tonka trucks, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, and more.

For information on these events, call the Trolley Museum at (570) 963-6590 or the LHS at (570) 344-3841.

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