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Tree Lighting Ceremony

America’s Oldest Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for 5pm-8pm on Saturday December 2nd.  

Perkasie’s ceremony began in 1909 and is now in its 115th year. It was officially recognized as the oldest in the US in 2015, when it was read into the Congressional Record by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick.

Families can expect a traditional evening out, with Holiday music, food and fun.  Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a Perkasie Electric Truck to light the Christmas tree at 7pm and one lucky child will be chosen to climb on the stage to help Santa light the tree; bring a non-perishable food item for Pennridge FISH to enter the drawing. Drawing at 6:30pm. SANTA ARRIVES AT 7:00PM

New for 2023: meet Buddy the Elf, and enjoy a fire dance show after dark. Antique Holiday tractor rides are located at 8th & Market.


5:00pm – 8:00pm

Antique Tractor Rides at 8th & Market
Kids Christmas Village at S. 7th St
Wandering carolers by Ring the Rafters
Live store window dioramas on N. 7th St

Shannon Carney Academy Perform excerpts from The Nutcracker at 5:30pm and 6:30pm


  • 5:15pm:                Former Mayor: T’was the night Before Christmas
  • 5:30pm:                Pennridge South Middle School Choir
  • 5:45pm:                Pennridge Central Middle School Harmony Group
  • 6:00pm:                Mike Greer & Co. live music
  • 6:45pm:                PTIA draw raffle for child to switch on the lights
  • 6:45pm:                Mike Greer & Co. live music

LAST CALL for alcohol sales at 7:30pm

ROAD CLOSURES & PARKING RESTRICTIONS: Click this link for Parking Restrictions and Road Closure Information

The Perkasie Historical Society Museum will be open with a “Christmas in Perkasie” display on W. Walnut St. 4pm-7pm on Saturday December 2nd. “The Polar Express” Conductor reads story times at 4pm & 5pm.

Perkasie’s Historic Carousel will be open for rides with Santa. 12pm-5pm on Saturday December 2nd.

Nostalgic Holiday Train Display will be open from 12:00pm – 8:00pm on Friday 12/1 AND Saturday 12/2 at the Perkasie Electric Company, 120 N 7th St. This event is presented by the Perkasie Model Railroad Club.

Meet Me at the Manger and Christmas Café will be open from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Perkasie Towne Improvement Association will present a Night Market at their First Friday event from 5:30pm-8pm on Friday December 1st. Join them in the town center for music, shopping, food and community.

Perkasie’s annual Santa Run around our neighborhoods is scheduled for Friday December 1st. Subject to change if weather is inclement.

Local churches are open with  takeaway crafts and hot cocoa to warm you on the walk into or out of town.

SPONSORS: We are grateful to the organizations that make America’s Tree Lighting possible.

  • Major Sponsors: American Heritage Federal Credit Union, Gilmore & Associates, The Gutter Guys, IT Landes Home Services, A&T Chevrolet-Subaru
  • Carriage Sponsors: Laurel Abstract, Thrivent Financial, Dunkin’ Perkasie, Grim Biehn & Thatcher
  • Tent & Entertainment Sponsors: Black Cat Collective, Moving Targets, Penn Community Bank, Perkasie Dental Loft, Renewal by Andersen, Rams Pint House, Shelly’s, Univest,  QNB
  • General Sponsors: Chimayo Gallery, Emerald Carpet & Flooring, Free Will Brewing Company, Joe Davis Autosport, Landis Supermarket, Perkasie Historical Society, Rise & Grind Café.

VOLUNTEERS: we couldn’t run an event like this without our wonderful volunteers. Thank you! Contact to get involved with Perkasie’s wonderful events.

In 2020, the global COVID pandemic led to Borough staff working with local businesses to create and stream a virtual Tree Lighting event. The video of 2020’s virtual Tree Lighting can be enjoyed here:  special edition of “Perkasie LIVE” . The show was hosted by Todd Hurley and Joe Weichel and was produced by Perkasie’s PBR Productions.