PHOTOS: Parade spreads holiday spirit from one end of Newtown to the other

Smiles, laughter and excitement were everywhere Sunday afternoon as the McCaffrey's Christmas Parade spread music and joy from one end of Newtown to the other. Organized by the Newtown Business Association, the parade had all the trimmings of the season from dancing trees and candy canes to Santa and Mrs. Claus who traveled from the North Pole for the parade. "Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas," said Santa from his seat of honor aboard an antique Newtown fire engine as it rolled down State Street. "What a great turnout of people," he said as he waved to the thousands of people lining the parade route from the Stocking Works, through the historic State Street business district and along Sycamore Street. "It warms my heart to see so many people and the holiday spirit alive and well in Bucks County." District Judge Mick Petrucci and Newtown Borough tax collector Judy Musto provided a running commentary of the parade from their balcony seats overlooking Sycamore Street at Goodnoe Corners. It was the place to be as performers turned the street into a stage entertaining the crowds with dancing, twirling flags and music. Escorted by Newtown Township Police Chief Rick Pasqualini and Newtown Borough Chief Tony Wojciechowski, the parade stepped off with an American Legion color guard from Newtown Post 440. Musket fire filled the air as the 1st Crossing Volunteers, an 18th century re-enactment group from Crossing Community Church, brought back the days of the American Revolution.

PHOTOS: Yardley welcomes the season with an Olde-Fashioned Christmas Parade

Thousands jammed the streets of downtown Yardley Saturday afternoon to welcome the season with an Olde-fashioned Christmas parade. With the smell of popcorn wafting through the air and people jamming the sidewalks, the young and old shouted and cheered as this year’s Olde-Fashioned Christmas Parade presented by McCaffrey’s Market and the Yardley Borough Business Association marched through town The march included all the elements of a Bucks County Christmas, from the religious - a nativity scene presented by the Knights of Columbus - to a giant Durham Boat that will be used to ferry George Washington and his troops across the Delaware River during the annual Christmas Day re-enactment of the Crossing of the Delaware. Leading the parade and receiving loud applause were veterans from VFW Post 6393 and American Legion Post 317 who escorted the American flag through town, along with the POW/MIA flag and their post colors. Youngsters jumped up and down with excitement as a group of movie heroes and cartoon characters came into view.

PHOTOS: Northampton Township honors Hometown Heroes resting at Union Cemetery

NORTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP >> Rifle volleys echoed across the graves and Taps filled the air at the Union Cemetery Saturday morning. More than 200 gathered in the quiet solitude of the cemetery to say thank you, to remember and to place wreaths on the graves of the veterans and first responders resting at the Almshouse Road burial grounds. “Today we are not here to simply decorate grave sites with wreaths. We are gathered here to honor and thank our hometown heroes who have traded in their badges and brass for wings,” said Kristin Reilly who helped organize the event with the Northampton Township Veterans Advisory Commission and Kids Can Make A Change.

PHOTOS: Bristol welcomes the holiday season with tree lighting, Christmas Parade

Bristol Borough - Thousands turned out Friday night and Saturday afternoon to welcome the season Bristol-style. The festivities kicked off Friday evening as record crowds jammed Mill Street and the wharf for the town's tree lighting and A Very Borough Christmas, which included shopping along Mill Street, entertainment, hot beverages and Philly pretzels. Standing before a sea of faces at the wharf, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub was given the honor of officially lighting the town's Christmas tree at the intersection of Mill and Radcliffe streets. As the tree, donated by Jim and Maureen Bayer, broke through the darkness in a sudden flood of glistening lights, cheers erupted from the crowd as performers from the Bristol Riverside Theatre broke into a rousing chorus of "Joy to the World."