Christmas comes to Jasper

The Christmas season officially opened up in downtown Jasper Friday afternoon with the lighting of the annual Christmas Tree and Santa settling into his holiday home on the Square.

Here are a few photos of the event.

Santa Claus will be in his house on the Square over the weekend from 12 to 3 p.m. and each weekend afterward, continuing through December 18.

Santa Claus, played by Edward Lemond of Jasper, spent about an hour at the Sixth Street Fire Station in Jasper, meeting with kids and families before heading to his annual home on the Square.
Avery Eckerle, 4, was a bit shy when he met with Santa as his mom, Ashlee, held him. But he brightened up when Santa asked him what he wanted for Christmas. Appropriate to the location, he said he would like a big fire truck. Photos by Matthew Crane.
Aleesha Lopez (off camera) takes a photo of her three children, Ezra (5), Emerald (7) and Bralynne (9), prior to the parade. Aleesha and the children spent the morning creating these fun costumes for the annual parade.
State Senator Mark Messmer and his children and sister led the parade this year in place of the Jasper Marching Wildcats due to the high school band’s performance in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade.
Santa and his special helper, Kannon Humbert, waved from the fire truck during the parade held Friday afternoon in downtown Jasper.
Kannon was given the honor of lighting the Downtown Christmas Tree and opening up Santa’s home on the Square.
Aimee Miller handed her 20-month-old daughter, Avery, to Santa for some fun photos. Aimee grew up in Jasper and was in town with her family for a visit over the holiday.