‘Hollydays’ in Mount Holly

Dave Mamrick, Don Killian, Hal Neely and Beth Washel perform Christmas music inside Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Despite the chill in the air, this year’s Mount Hollydays drew one of its largest crowds ever to downtown Mount Holly on Dec. 9. Festivities included musical performances on the steps of First Presbyterian Church, a live nativity performance entitled “A Night in Bethlehem” by First Baptist Church, a presentation of First Presbyterian Church’s “Chrismon Tree,” a marshmallow roast at Robin’s Nest Bed & Breakfast and more.

Mount Hollydays began in 2006 when two friends, Mimi Guin and Carol Ann Featherstone began looking for a way to brighten the city during Christmas. Now a nonprofit corporation, Mount Hollydays holds events throughout the year and raises money for city projects and local charities. (Bill Ward/MIM photos)

Alex Faith, Joey Matz, Jack Matz and Caleb Burr play instruments on the steps of First Presbyterian Church.

Members of First Baptist Church hold a live nativity performance for festival-goers.

Ten-year-old Bailey Kaylor won the Mount Hollydays’s gingerbread contest with this creation.

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