Oakmont becomes aglow on Saturday, November 19th when Oakmont Chamber of Commerce’s Hometown Christmas kicks off the holiday shopping season. The evening’s festivities are from 4 to 8 p.m. along Allegheny River Blvd. from California to Pennsylvania avenues. This year’s main sponsor is Springer Insurance Agency, Inc.--State Farm. Other sponsors include Thermo Twin Windows, Burket Truby Funeral Home, Riverview Carpet & Flooring, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, Smith Orthodontics, Anderson Interiors, Inc., Etta’s Blvd. Doggie Daycare, and Oakmont Carnegie Library.
There will be entertainment on the stage in front of the post office starting at 4 p.m. The parade begins in Verona at 5:00pm and marches along Allegheny River Blvd. into Oakmont. This year, the parade will feature two contests-- a fire truck decorating contest and a best float contest. The parade will feature horse riders from the Stonybrook Saddle Club, The Riverview Marching Band plus numerous other local organizations and businesses that will participate including a visit from a famous resident of the North Pole. The tree lighting will take place when Santa passes by and uses his magic wand to light the tree. After the parade, the entertainment continues on stage. Keep an eye out for the jugglers that will be strolling the boulevard entertaining visitors with their craft. Look for the giant balloon arch beckoning for you to come inside to see the 50+ Chinese auction baskets & gift cards you can win. A balloon artist will be making balloon creations for the kids. There will be free trolley rides that will take you to Verona’s festivities and back to The Oaks Theater to visit with Santa and sit on his lap. There is also a trolley that will take you from The Oaks Theater to Oakmont Bakery to get some sweet treats. A large variety of food and drink vendors will be present so bring your appetite. From the wonderful smell of kettle corn to the beautiful sounds of carolers, Oakmont’s Hometown Christmas has everything to get you into the holiday spirit.
4:00-4:25pm Amy’s Dance Academy
4:30-4:45pm Holy Family Pre-School Carolers
4:50-5:10pm Ovations School of Dance
Christmas Parade Begins in Verona (5pm) and Comes Through Oakmont
Approx. 6:10pm Santa Claus Will Magically Light the Christmas Tree at the Post Office
6:15-6:30 pm Musical Performance By Redeemer Lutheran School
6:35-7:00pm The Quintet starring Julie Beck, Jennifer Brenza, Anne Dapra, Mary Lear
and Jamie Lydick
7:05pm Winner of Float Contest Announced
7:10-7:40pm Musical Performance By the Western PA Center For The Arts