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CHRISTOPHER DOLAN/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER A family takes a horse-drawn carriage ride down a rainy Main Street in Pittston during last year’s event. The weather shouldn’t be an issue this year, with a rain date set for Saturday, Dec. 12.

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Karen Haggerty of Pittston is the Winter Witch at Christmas in Pittston on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

After five years of throwing Christmas in Pittston on Main Street, Sarah Donahue said she can definitely call the event a tradition.

“This one is really special,” she said of this downtown event. “I love them all but this one is so magical.”

The event starts off with a new feature this year — a toy truck parade sponsored by Froggy 101.

Donahue said those wishing to participate should register on the Froggy 101 website and bring a toy donation for the Salvation Army before the parade starts at 5 p.m. at Cooper’s on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Donahue said Froggy 101 approached the city about hosting the parade, and they gladly accepted.

“We’re always looking to grow,” she said “We do the best we can with building events.”

After the parade, Donahue said participating vehicles can park in the upper Tomato Festival Lot and sit on display for those attending the main event in the lower Tomato Festival Lot.

Santa Claus will arrive at 5:30 p.m., and music from local marching bands and a performance from Spotlight Dance will entertain the crowd as the tree is lit at 6 p.m.

Staples of the event like photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and free hot chocolate provided by the Salvation Army will also return for the event’s fifth year this Saturday, Donahue said.

The Christmas spirit will remain in Greater Pittston the following week in Duryea when the Duryea Betterment Committee has planned the third annual Duryea Christmas Stroll for the evening of Saturday, Dec. 9.

Businesses along Main Street in Duryea will participate in the event starting at 5 p.m. and running until 8 p.m., and Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance, organizers wrote in an event page.

Children can drop off letters to Santa in a special mailbox outside the borough building,

The event also will feature children’s activities, treats, horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer and therapy donkeys, live caroling and a nativity for all to enjoy.

The committee also will raffle off a handmade English garden bench which was crafted in Duryea with wood acquired from the Duryea Lumber Company before it closed.

For information, visit the “2017 Duryea Christmas Stroll” Facebook event page.

sscinto@pittstonprogress.com