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On December 2nd Downtown Hazleton will be hosting a "Wassailfest" Sip, Walk, and Shop event, which honors the yuletide tradition of going door to door, singing Christmas carols, sharing drinks, and spreading cheer.

In this case shoppers will go from store to store to sample holiday cocktails and cookies while shopping for gifts from over twenty guest retailers and their host downtown merchants. Carolers will be walking around singing songs and encouraging others to join in.

Cost $10/ticket (if purchased in advance). Cost for same day tickets is $12/person. Anyone wishing to simply walk and shop may do so for free. Tickets are only needed for the food and drink sampling.

The walk is self-guided, and all locations are within downtown Hazleton.

For those who opt not to walk, Easton Coach Co. will be providing a free shuttle bus around town to make your shopping easier.

Pick up your map, wristband, and tasting mug at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce (20 W. Broad Street) starting at 4:00 PM on the day of the event. Visit participating locations and enter to win "Downtown Bucks," which are gift certificates that may be spent at downtown shops and restaurants.

Click here to view list of participating locations and vendors.

Every First Friday of the month downtown Hazleton is energized with special events and merchant promotions. These typically include featured art exhibitions, theatrical performances, walking tours, live music, and other special events like the seasonal Farmer’s Market and the Chamber’s Car Cruise. First Fridays are a partnership between the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, and Hazleton POWER!, with funding assistance and support provided by the Luzerne County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Click on the button above to view poster of full schedule.