File Photo: Christmas on the Mountain.

The annual Reading holiday tradition, Christmas on the Mountain, will not be held this year. Organizers made the announcement late Thursday evening stating it was “impossible given the current restrictions and potential liability.”

Every Christmas season for 28 years the Hillside Playground has been transformed into a Christmas Wonderland. It has become affectionately known as ‘Christmas on the Mountain’.

2020 would have marked Christmas on the Mountains 29th season.

“This has been beyond a difficult decision to make. It is truly the highlight of my year when we organize the display each Christmas season” said Tim Profit, President of Savage Auto Group, one of the event biggest supporters.

“This would have marked my 5th year since we stepped in an renovated the display, and we had planned for a recorded setting season. We certainly were not expecting a 2020 like this, something I guess all of us could say. After a lot of consideration, we have collectively come to decision not to open for this year. We know it is the correct decision for our organization, but it doesn’t mean we have to like it.”

Organizers say this Weill not be the last year if Christmas on the Mountain. Instead, they have turned their attention to the 2021 Christmas season and intention to expand the events footprint even larger.

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