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Northampton Borough cancels tree lighting due to COVID-19

Northampton Borough has canceled its annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, originally planned for Nov. 29, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The borough will still have a decorated tree at Main Street and Laubach Avenue. The tree, expected to measure more than 30 feet, will have hundreds of LED lights, large red bows and a lighted star on top.

Borough Manager LeRoy Brobst said there were three trees residents offered for the borough to use.

Other highlights of the tree-lighting event, such as a visit from Santa and caroling by youths from Good Shepherd Elementary School on Newport Avenue, have also been canceled.

The borough’s illuminated decorations lining Main Street, Lerchenmiller Drive and Laubach Avenue are in the process of being placed on light poles.

A decision will be made shortly by Northampton Fire Department on whether to hold its annual Santa Run for children whose parents have dropped off a present at the fire station on Lerchenmiller Drive.

Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave., is now open on a limited basis. Bingo is held Monday evenings. In order to comply the state guidelines, no more than 150 people can attend.

There is no indication when Northampton Exchange Club will resume its meetings and programs at the event center.