Saturday, August 29, 2015

Santa to light up 6th annual Holiday TreeFest

He'll also stop by the county's Visitors Center in Bensalem three times for photos with children, and he'll stay late one time for pets.

Santa to light up 6th annual Holiday TreeFest

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Decorated trees turn the Visitor Center into a winter wonderland. (Visit Bucks County)

Santa and Mrs. Claus will whisk into the Bucks County Visitors Center in Bensalem on Tuesday to light up the 6th annual Holiday Treesfest.

Twenty-five trees decorated by local businesses and organizations will transform the center into a winter wonderland through Jan. 7.  Children are invited to cheer on Santa as he arrives on a fire truck with Mrs. Claus at 6 p.m. to magically turn on the Christmas lights.

Santa will return the next three Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to check children’s Christmas lists and pose for photos (remember your camera). He’ll stay an extra hour on Dec. 11 for pictures with pets.

The center, in front of Parx Casino, is also a drop-off spot for Re-Use Your Shoes. The gently worn shoes will be given to needy residents.

There also will be a drop box for Holiday Mail for Heroes. Bring unsealed holiday cards with messages of cheer and appreciation to U.S. troops -- no postage is needed.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite tree. And if you tweet your “Check-In” using Foursquare, you’ll be entered in a raffle for a $100 gift certificate for the gift shop.

 For more information, go to


Travel restrictions for Route 202 construction

There will be periodic lane closures in Bucks and Montgomery counties on Monday and Tuesday for Route 202 Parkway construction, but none for the Thanksgiving holiday, PennDOT reports.

In Bucks, there will be closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at:

  • Lower State Road between Almshouse Road and Wells Road;
  • Upper State Road between County Line Road and Pickertown Road;
  • Route 152 (Limekiln Pike) between Stump Road and Route 202 (Butler Avenue).

Pickertown Road remains closed between Stump and Upper State roads in Warrington Township until August for construction of a bridge over the parkway.

In Montgomery County, there will be single-lane patterns on Route 202 (DeKalb Pike) between Swedesford Road and Route 63 (Welsh Road) in Upper and Lower Gwynedd townships and on Route 63 (Welsh Road) between Stump Road and Route 202 (DeKalb Pike).



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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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