StarShine returns this weekend with inaugural parade
PENN YAN--The 37th annual StarShine celebration, a longtime holiday tradition in the village of Penn Yan, will occur Saturday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Main Street will be closed from Lake Street to Chapel Street 2 to 8 p.m. All public parking lots will be open around the village.
This year's event will feature several new additions, including a kick-off Friday night with the first-ever Lights on Wheels Parade, which was made possible thanks to a collaboration with the Penn Yan FFA. The parade is scheduled for Dec 2 at 6 p.m. It will start at Lake Street and head south, winding up at Court Street.
As always, StarShine attendees will enjoy music, entertainment, food, vendors, colorful lights, holiday treats, the traditional crowning of Miss Penn Yan, the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, and special offerings at many of the stores.
In addition, this year's event features dancing elves who will perform at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and a new Gingerbread Gratitude Garden, in the mini park. The event will offer a variety of activities specifically designed to appeal to children, including a petting zoo, hayrides, a magician, face painting, games, and visiting hours with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Elf School, held at the Penn Yan Firehouse, is hosted by representatives from Keuka College. At the Elf School, young ones will be able to grab cookie decorating kits to-go, make reindeer food, play games, and more. Penn Yan Theatre Company (PYTCo) will also have "An evening of Music and Lights" at The Sampson Theatre from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"We are so excited to kick off the holiday season with the 37th annual StarShine celebration," said Yates County President and CEO Jessica Bacher. StarShine is organized by the Yates County Chamber of Commerce and the StarShine Committee. "The event brings everyone together to spread their holiday cheer and get in the spirit of the season."
Organizers are expecting to welcome thousands of people to the event after a successful event in 2021 that drew approximately 6,000.
The crowning of Miss Penn Yan is set for 6:15 p.m.
Find the latest details at www.YatesNY.com/starshine.