Holiday music, lights and visits with Santa will be part of various community holiday programs this week in West:
Old Economy Village will be aglow with candlelit lanterns as part of Christmas at the Village from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 7 pm. Sunday at the historical site. The holiday program is one of the few times the village is open at night.
There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, choirs singing holiday songs, children's activities and an appearance by the Pennsylvania Dutch Santa Claus, known as Belsnickel.
"Let there be light" is the theme for a Christmas concert by Geneva College's student choir, The Genevans, at 5 p.m. Saturday on the second floor of the Feast Hall. Donations will be accepted to support the worldwide ministry of the choir, including its May 2014 music-missions trip to the Philippines and Malaysia.
Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and older, and $6 for children. Information: www.oldeconomyvillage.org
The borough's Winter Blast celebration will feature ice carving, music by the Chartiers Valley choir, refreshments and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in Triangle Park.
Adam Haas, a Carnegie Elementary School fourth-grader, will light the holiday tree at 6:30 p.m. Friday to kick off the season with a Light-Up Night program featuring a visit from Santa and treats such as hot chocolate, coffee and cookies at the PNC Bank parking lot, 2 West Main St.
The West Allegheny Show Choir will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the annual Christmas Light Up Celebration, held from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 6 in Clinton Community Park, Route 30. The park has been decorated with more than one mile of colored lights and displays.
Donations are $10 per vehicle and proceeds will benefit local community charities.
Voting will continue through Dec. 16 for a holiday decorating contest for homes and businesses.
Residents and merchants can deck the halls and then get friends and neighbors to vote for them to win the title "Best Mc-Decorated."
Votes will be tallied Dec. 17, and the addresses with the highest number of votes will win a yard sign and a surprise gift.
Votes may be cast at McDonald businesses displaying an "Official Mc-Decorating Contest Voting Station" sign.
No purchase necessary. One vote per person per visit is allowed. The contest is sponsored by the McDonald Parks & Recreation Board, the McDonald Area Redevelopment Association and the Joint Alliance of McDonald Area Merchants.
Students and faculty in the Smart Building Technology and Electronics Engineering Technology program at Pittsburgh Technical Institute have unveiled their annual pavilion light show consisting of synchronized holiday lights and music on their campus, 1111 McKee Road.
The three-dimensional holiday light show integrates more than 20 holiday songs with more than 10,000 sequenced lights. Visitors can enjoy the show by listening to the FM radios inside their cars as they drive through the display. The show is free and is open from 5 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 2.
• The West Hills Symphonic Band will perform their "Gala Christmas Concert" at 3 p.m. Sunday in the West Allegheny High School auditorium, West Allegheny Road.
Composer/arranger Ken Bierschenk will serve as guest conductor on his arrangement, "A Festive Christmas." The concert is free and open to the public.
The Beaver County Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Monaca Cornet Band will perform as part of a free holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Union Building auditorium at Penn State Beaver, Brodhead Road, Center. Parking is free near the Student Union Building. The concert will feature traditional holiday favorites and secular and sacred music.
Information: www.beaver.psu.edu or 724-773-3815.
The Kiwanis Club of Sheraden and the Sheraden Community Council will sponsor Sheraden Shines Night at 6 p.m. Friday in the lot at Chartiers and Hillsboro avenues with Christmas carols, the lighting of the Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa. Activities will move to American Legion Post 496, 2863 Chartiers Ave., for refreshments, crafts and photos with Santa.
Visitors are invited to bring a new toy to donate to the "Toys for Tots" collection or a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry.