The City of Sharon announced on Thursday their annual Small Business Celebration taking place Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Sharon roundabout.

The event will kick off with a mascot ribbon cutting at 9:00 a.m. From there, folks can enjoy specials at local stores throughout the day, a pop-up artisan market and strolling characters

In addition, there will be a tree lighting next to FNB, 7 W. State St. at 5:00 p.m. with a special visit from Santa Clause. 

During the tree lighting ceremony, the City of Sharon will honor State Rep. Mark Longietti who is leaving office in December after serving 16 years; he recently helped projects in the city get almost $2 million in grants.

Downtown Events Coordinator Courtney Cilli says the City of Sharon is excited to bring its evening festivities back adding that new lighted ornaments and a second lighted tree will add to the ceremony even more.

"We want our Sharon community to celebrate the season at this annual event as well as support our local shops and restaurants throughout the entire season," Cilli said.

Sharon City Manager Bob Fiscus says Longietti has "always been an advocate for the City of Sharon" adding that even recently, he had helped projects in the city get nearly $2 million in grant money.

"Honoring him at our Small Business Saturday tree lighting ceremony before he ends his tenure made sense, especially as he has supported our businesses and our community for years," Fiscus said.

This year the market will include: live music with Max Schang and Me Uke Lady, shopping options, vendor giveaways, kid's activities, a chance to win a $150 gift card for every market purchase and a pop-up market from noon to 6:00 a.m. inside the former Army/Navy Store.

"The purpose of the pop-up market is to help draw more people to downtown Sharon to support our retail businesses" and monthly pop-up markets will take place during the winter," said Director of Downtown Development, Sherris Moreira.

Other festivities will take place including:

- The grand opening for The Wandering Soul at Books, Gifts & Furniture at 142 E. State St.

- A pop-up brew pub with food trucks at Croakers Brewing next to the Applegate plaza on North Sharpsville Avenue

- A paint and take class at ICG Hobbies and Games, 162 W. State St.

- A book sale at Sharon Historical Society's inside Sugar Magnolia Merchandise, 110 E. State St.

- Tea samples and sales at Gifted at Applegate at their new tea bar, 36 N. Sharpsville Ave.:

- Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Elves and The Grinch.

After the tree lighting ceremony, Sharon continues the festivities with:

- The "We Love Disney II" show held at 7:30 p.m. in ACTS Theatre, 40 S. Irvine Ave.

- "A Christmas Pudding II" holiday show by the Black Sheep Players at First Presbyterian Church, 600 E. State St., at 7:30 p.m.

- A live performance by Gerald Dickens, the great-great grandson of classic author Charles Dickens

- An art showcase by Random Acts of Artists.

"The City knows how important every dollar spent locally supports our business community especially after going through the pandemic. Our small business Saturday festivities will encourage people to come out and shop, grab breakfast or lunch locally and enjoy our city," Fiscus said.