3 events turn downtown Middletown into holiday destination

Those looking for diverse holiday activities this year may want to consider visiting downtown Middletown.
The city has at least three major holiday events this year, including an appearance from Middletown native Kyle Schwarber, who will serve as grand marshal of the Santa Parade after helping the Philadelphia Phillies to their first postseason since 2011.Light Up Middletown, a drive-through holiday lights display at Smith Park, kicks off its 21st season Thanksgiving and runs through Jan. 1, 2023. LUM is open from 6 to 10 p.m. and will feature new displays this year, said Bill Becker, a member of the Grandpa Gang that assembles the lights every year.Admission is by donation and proceeds assist in the upkeep of the lights and park improvements, Becker said.
He said the Grandpa Gang, an all-volunteer unit, has been helped by unseasonable warm weather.
“We’ve never been this far along at this time,” Becker said.

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