Mount Holly plans several holiday events

Mount Holly residents will get several chances to slip into the holiday spirit over the next several weeks, including the city’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Christmas parade and the annual Mount Hollydays festival.

Tree lighting ceremony

The third annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Mount Holly takes place Nov. 28.

Residents can gather at Main Street and Central Avenue at 5 p.m. Officials will turn the official Mount Holly Christmas tree’s lights on simultaneously with all the decorative lighting on the lamp posts in the downtown streetscape.

The event also will feature singing of traditional holiday songs, a welcome from city officials and other entertainment.

Mount Holly Christmas Parade

The city’s Christmas parade takes place Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. – rain or shine –  in downtown Mount Holly. There’s no entry fee and everyone from school groups, scout troops and churches are invited to show off their holiday spirits.

Interested participants can rent a float to ferry them down Main Street. A whole float is $360 and a half float is $180. Checks should be made payable to: Mount Holly Christmas Parade, P.O. Box 394, Mount Holly, NC 28120. For more information, call Wanda McElveen or Daphne Barton at 704-827-4949.

McElveen and Barton remind parade participants that no candy or other items should be thrown into the crowd.

Mount Hollydays

The fifth annual Mount Hollydays Christmas Celebrations on Main takes place Dec. 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will transform downtown Mount Holly into a festive center for family fun, fellowship and entertainment. New additions to this year’s event include food vendors and Winter Wonder Lane, an area designated just for children on East Central Avenue.   That area will feature The Polar Express, a small train ride for children, a Christmas Castle Jumper and Santa Claus at Cream & Beans. Other events include horsedrawn carriage and hayrides, strolling Victorian carolers, local singers, choirs and a live nativity scene at the First Baptist Church. The First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church and Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd also have special events planned.

For more information, visit www.mounthollydays.org.

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