Christmas came early for York City this year, and it came in the form of Bob Kinsley of Kinsley Construction stepping forward to cover the costs of Light Up Night festivities in downtown York.

Mayor Bracey thanked Kinsley for his generous donation, which will allow the event to continue this year, including the lighting of the community Christmas tree from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Kinsley's $2,500 donation will cover the cost of placing a stage, sound system and lighting on the square for the event, as well as labor costs, a news release said.

Light Up Night will feature the tree lighting, children's activities by the Girl Scouts, and performances by New Hope Academy students, Greater York Center for Dance and the William Penn Pep Band. The Salvation Army will provide free horse drawn carriage rides and hot chocolate.

Mayor Bracey will read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at the event, and Santa Claus will arrive in the square at 6:45 p.m. before traveling to Martin Library to greet children.

Road closures for the event begin at 4:45 p.m. and include Market Street being closed from Beaver to Duke Street and George Street closing from Philadelphia to King Street. Beaver Street will be closed between Market Street and Philadelphia Street.

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