READING, PA- Every December the residents of the city of Reading turn their eyes to Mt. Penn and Hillside Playground, anxiously awaiting the annual Christmas light display. After the disbanding of the Hillside Playground Association this past summer, it seemed that Christmas on the Mountain had come to an end.
When local business owners heard the news that Christmas on the Mountain may not take place this year, they came together to carry on this longstanding tradition.
In a post on the event’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ReadingXmas, community members such as Tim Profit, general manager of Savage 61, and Richard Carpenter, President/CEO of Access Industries, are named as two out of the many locals who have worked tirelessly to help this tradition see its 25th season.
The Marine Corps JROTC from Reading High School offered their time and energy to help with the setup and operation of the display, which includes inflatable characters and over half a million lights.
Christmas on the Mountain has inspired a long list of local sponsors who wish to see this tradition live on. The Reading Fightin Phils and Baseballtown Charities have made that list and have once again reached out and done their part to help the city of Reading.
Walking through the display is eye-opening and jaw-dropping. For first time visitors, the site can be somewhat overwhelming. Everywhere you turn there are lights and inflatables filling every available square inch. From giant Santa Claus and snowmen to inflatable Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Christmas on the Mountain brings out the child in everyone.
For the younger visitors, Santa is on hand to hear holiday wishes and take photos that will create long-lasting memories for years to come.
The site opened for the season on Nov. 29 and is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The attraction runs through Jan. 1.
Hillside Playground is located on North 14th Street in Reading. Parking and entrance into the playground are free and a snack bar is open to all visitors.
If your family loves Christmas lights and is looking to start a new holiday tradition, take a drive up to Hillside Playground and enjoy Reading’s Christmas on the Mountain.