Get into the holiday spirit tonight with Sewickley's Light Up Night festivities.
The evening begins with music by Dancing Queen from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; the Lighting of the Village with Mayor Brian Jeffe, John Tucci, followed by fireworks is from 6:30 to 7 p.m.; and No Bad JuJu follows with music from 7 to 9 p.m.
Area churches and non-profit organizations have also planned activities between 5 and 9 p.m. tonight in conjunction with Light Up Night.
Light Up Night Activities
Sewickley United Methodist Church
The sanctuary will be open to the community from 5 to 9 p.m. with cookies and caroling, with various local Girl Scout troops leading the songs. On the sanctuary steps, there will be a Live Nativity. Santa's hotline phone booth will be on the lawn.
Clock Tower Tours run from 6 to 8 p.m., providing a spectacular birds-eye view of Sewickley and al the Light Up Night entertainment. There will be a donation fee of $2 per person, including children, to ascend and descend the historic 170-foot tower. Guides provided by the church will be stationed at several levels along the way. Donations should be paid at the door. Dress warmly and casually because the tower is not heated and you will be ascending to the eighth level, the clock level and, later, the bell level.
St. James Church
From 5 to 9 p.m., visit the historic photo gallery that on display as part of the church's 150th anniversary celebration and the school's 100th celebration. Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies will be available. Also, video of the church stained glass windows. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., St. Nicholas distributes candy canes, caroling and singalong. Tours of the church will run from 6 to 9 p.m.
St. Stephen's Church
From 6:30 to 7 p.m., enjoy music with violin and cello duo Katie Nan and Janelle Sands; 7 to 7:30 p.m. String Quartet; and from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. various instrumental performances. Also in the main building is the cookie walk, with boxes at $7, and a Christmas movie will play in Grace Commons.
At the Henning House, from 6 to 9 p.m., visitors can enjoy live music from Kevin and Band, plus a performance by the SSC Children's pageant. Also free hot chocolate on the first floor and kids' crafts on the second floor.
Laughlin Children's Center
Mrs. Claus will be helping the kids make chocolate-covered pretzels from 5 to 7 p.m. Also, take a tour of the beautifully renovated main building of Laughlin Children's Center.
Sweetwater Center for the Arts
Let the Men Cook! Stop by Sweetwater from 5 to 9 p.m. to warm up with a three-course meal prepared by the all-male volunteer-turned-gourmet chef team. They have yet to receive a complaint. Come early. Tickets are only available at the door, firs come, first served. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Shopping at the Holiday mART is extended tonight until 10 p.m.
Sewickley Public Library
Visit the Library from 6 to 9 p.m. to warm up, enjoy refreshments, listen to holiday music and make a take-home craft during Light Up Night. In the Children’s Department they will celebrate the annual Trim-a-Tree Party and have live performances by talented young musicians. There will also be a paper craft table for teens and grown-ups near the Reference Desk.
Sewickley Valley YMCA
From 6 to 9 p.m. middle and high school kids can enjoy roller skating and loosely-structured activities in the Oasis ping pong, board games, card games, billiards, XBox 360 KINECT and Nintendo Wii video games, computers and the dry-erase wall. Pizza, drinks and adult supervision will be provided by the YMCA. Admission is free and open to the community.
Sewickley Eye Group
The Sewickley Eye Group will be hosting a trunk show from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring designer frames along with giveaways, raffles and complimentary hot chocolate.
Yuletide in Sewickley - Saturday
The Quaker Valley Wrestling Team and the Quaker Valley Rotary have partnered with Pressley Ridge to host a 1-Mile Holiday Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Saturday before the Sewickley Holiday Parade. The Fun Run begins at the corner of Chestnut and Chadwick streets, and goes to the corner of Grant and Thorn streets, where they will gather for hot chocolate and bagels. The $25 registration will buy a child a warm winter hat, scarf and a pair of mittens and allows you or your child to be a part of the 1-mile fun run. For more information or to register, click here.
Pancakes and More Breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Boy Scout Troop 243 is hosting a Pancakes and More Breakfast at Sewickley United Methodist Church, Broad and Thorn streets. Advance tickets will be sold on Light Up Night or tickets can be purchased at the door. Cost is $5 per person, and the event raises funds for the troops. Enter the door on Thorn Street.
See marching bands, elves, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade starts at the on Grant Street and ends at the Sewickley Municipal Building.