Whitehall will kick off its Christmas festivities with a community tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Whitehall City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road.

The ceremony traditionally begins the city's holiday season, with Mayor Kim Maggard and Whitehall Community Celebration Association pageant winners serving as masters of ceremony.

Miss Whitehall Chelsee Cress is expected to assist Maggard with the tree lighting, said Kaitlin King, community-affairs manager for Whitehall.

The Whitehall-Yearling High School jazz band will perform at the ceremony, King said.

Maggard said the city's annual tree-lighting ceremony, including the placement of a Nativity scene, has been a tradition in Whitehall at least since she moved to the city in 1981.

In 2015, the city added an 8-foot-tall lighted menorah for Hanukkah.

St. Nick won't neglect the city of Whitehall -- he'll stop by during Breakfast with Santa, another traditional holiday event sponsored by the WCCA.

The annual morning feast provides an opportunity for children and families to meet Santa Claus, said Karen Conison, president of the celebration association.

The event runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at Etna Road Elementary School, 4531 Etna Road.

Admission is $1, free with a donation of a nonperishable food item for an area charity.

Last year, the WCCA donated proceeds to the Victory Ministries Center of Hope, Conison said.

City employees also have a charitable project for the holidays.

Working with the Pride of Whitehall, social workers, school officials and others identify several Whitehall families in need.

City employees, area churches and service organizations "adopt" the families and provide them with gifts, Maggard said.

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