Light Up Night schedule released
Santa, music, carriage rides, gifts, and a tree
By Anthony Gonzalez
Light Up Night held this Friday features activities starting as early as 4 p.m., according to organizers.
The family friendly evening showcases activities for both east and west side of Main Street.
The official presentation of Light Up Night will be held in the parking lot of the Liberty located at 222 E. Main St.
Organizers have provided the following details outlining activities up and down Main Street:
The Elkin Public Library will have puppet shows and kids crafts from 4-6 p.m.
West side of Main Street:
Santa will be either in front of Dave’s Antiques or under the Reeves if inclement weather. Santa will be walking around Main Street from 4:45 - 5:45 p.m., then he’ll read his story and sing Christmas carols with them around 5:45 to 6:15 p.m.
Live holiday music will be played from 6 - 8 p.m. by Fiddle Dee Dee at Brushy Mountain Winery.
There will be live music at Fiddles Pub from 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Royall’s Soda Shoppe is asking for a canned food donation for Tri-County Christian Ministries. In exchange, those donating get a free cup of hot chocolate.
The Foothills Arts Council is holding its Open Air Art Market from 5-9 p.m, with live music, food, wine, refreshments, lots of artists and craft vendors, fire pit with s’mores, twinkle lights and more. Admission is free.
At the Wells Fargo parking lot on West Main (lot not accessible until after 6 p.m. after the bank is closed):
Enjoy free carriage rides from 6-8 p.m up and down Main Street and see Christmas window displays, decorated downtown planters, candy at some shops for kids, and after the carriage ride, stop in at the various shops and restaurants that are open for shopping and dining.
Carriage rides go west from the bank to the library starting at 6 p.m.
Carriage rides go east from the bank to Yadkin Valley General Store starting at 6 p.m.
A table where town holiday ornament can be purchased will be near the carriages on Main Street. See Vicki Roberts for the ornament purchase from 6-8 p.m.
The Elkin Big Band will perform from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and singer Hannah Marshall will sing until 7:45 p.m. Royall’s Soda Shoppe will be the location if there is inclement weather.
East Side of Main Street:
The official Light Up Night tree will be at the Liberty parking lot near the fountain/stairs in the lower parking level.
The main location for Light Up Night will be held at the parking lot of the Liberty. Inclement weather will move festivities to the inside of the Liberty.
Mayor Lestine Hutchens will perform the Tree Light Up Ceremony at 6 p.m.
Dancing and music events will be held from 6-8 p.m. Organizers recommend spectators bring a folding chair if seating is needed.
The lineup includes:
6:00-6:15 p.m. — Studio 67
6:15-6:30 p.m. — Pam Wuderman Academy of Dance Arts & Performance
6:30-6:45 p.m. — Footloose Cloggers
6:45-7:15 p.m. — Elkin High School Band
7:15-7:30 p.m. — Rhythm On Main Dance Academy
7:30-7:45 p.m. — Carolina Clogging Connection
7:45-8:00 p.m. — Rhythmic Expression Cloggers
Organizers said that drawings for “downtown bucks” will be held at 7:30 p.m. at The Liberty Parking Lot. Downtown bucks are money similar to a gift certificate. The downtown bucks are available to redeem at any downtown merchant who is a part the Downtown Merchants Association.
Additional activities and mentions:
To help celebrate Elkin’s Light-Up Night, the Elkin Masonic Lodge located at 114 W. Market St. is offering a pancake and sausage dinner on Friday from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $6 per person and available at the door. Proceeds will help support Masonic charities such at the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford.
Trees on the Hippo Lot and at Reeves will be lit up in advance, but the Reeves lighting is questionable.
“The Reeves lights were somehow affected when someone drove through the building last year, so they are working on hopefully getting the lights to work in time,” said Laura Gaylord, community manager for the Town of Elkin. The Reeves is under private ownership.
Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 8351413 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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