New Castle’s Downtown Mall Will Perk up with Holiday Market

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – The Cascade Galleria, a small shopping mall in downtown New Castle, has been mostly empty for years.

But it will spring back to life this weekend as it is transformed into a pop-up Hometown Holiday Market. More than 75 vendors will fill the store rooms at the event, which will take place Dec. 10 from 4 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 11 from 1 to 8 p.m.; and Dec. 12 from 1 to 8 p.m. Admission and parking is free.

The nostalgic building is in fine condition and bears the unmistakable architecture of the 1970s.

It was spruced up with the help of volunteers, who worked with building manager Russell Hilton, who decorated the corridors, cleaned up the store rooms, and got the fountain – once a landmark meeting spot – back in operation.

The vendors will have a multitude of artisanal gifts and food for sale, including jewelry, baked goods, coffee, tea, chocolates, wine, collectibles, popcorn, massages, beer, T-shirts, cosmetics, candles, cosmetics, decors, natural pet treats, alpaca items, candy and more.

The full list of entrepreneurs can be found at

Shopping is just the beginning of the Galleria’s holiday experience. Santa Claus will visit the mall each day from 5 to 8 p.m. Visits and photos with him are free (bring your own cameras).

Family horse and carriage rides will be available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m., carrying groups of four through the downtown area which will be lit up for Christmas. The carriage rides are being provided by Misty Lane Farms Performance Horses. Reservations are recommended; call 724 283 5614.

The PA CareerLink will also offer a mini job fair in one corridor of the mall.

Activities for children will also be available throughout the market, providing a chance to make new memories in a place that many remember from their childhood.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.