Santa has a busy schedule this weekend visiting the small communities of our county. You’ll catch him riding in parades, posing for photos with the children and accepting letters with lists of Christmas wishes.
Wednesday may be a little early for your weekend to start, but it’s never too early for Santa. At 5 pm he’ll be in Norwood for the parade. Later there’ll be the tree lighting and he and Mrs. Claus will be handing out small gifts to the children. Don’t forget to stop by after the parade and get a bag of popcorn courtesy of the Norwood Business Association.
On Thursday, catch Santa in Oakboro at 7 pm Christmas Parade after the 6:15 pm tree lighting ceremony at Oakboro Memorial Park. There’ll be food, train rides and a chance to visit with him and Mrs. Claus.
On Friday, Santa will be at the Stanly News and Press from 1 pm to 6 pm, so bring your camera and the children, drop off your letters to Santa and have a chat with the big man himself. The local newspaper staff will look forward to seeing you.
On Saturday, Santa will be in downtown Albemarle for a Charles Dickens Christmas, an evening of Christmas delight. From 4 pm to 9 pm there’ll be entertainment and music, face painting, carriage rides, a food court, children’s crafts and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Sunday will see Santa in Palestine for the parade at 2 pm riding behind floats and marching bands, elves and reindeer.
Santa never minds stretching his weekend to help everyone celebrate the spirit of the holidays so on Monday he’ll be in downtown Albemarle for the annual Christmas Parade at 5:30 pm. There’ll be floats, bands, marchers and more for the children to enjoy as the parade winds its way through the beautifully lighted downtown streets.
From now until Christmas Eve between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm each day you can enjoy a spectacular sight at Stanly County Commons. This is the annual Festival of Trees sponsored by area businesses, churches and schools throughout Stanly County. Be sure to look at the Hospice Angels and to vote for your favorite tree.
From now until December 31, Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle (next door to Starnes Jewelers) presents its annual holiday craft show, “From our Hands”. Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind locally made arts and craft items perfect for gifts. The Gallery is open from Tuesday through Saturday every week.
The holiday is never complete without a performance of the Nutcracker ballet. On Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 at 7 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 3 pm the City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Agri-Civic Center. This local company strives to encourage, educate and entertain through the City Youth Ballet and the Playtime Children’s Theater. They believe everyone should be given the opportunity to enjoy the ballet; therefore, all Stanly County School Children in grades K-8 will receive a free ticket to the Nutcracker public performances.
On Saturday, Rocky River Vineyards present their Christmas Open House from 1 pm to 6 pm. Bring your camera and take pictures with Santa. There’ll be face painting, food and refreshments from Liberettos’ Pizzeria, cookies and juice for children and wine and mulled wine for adults. There’ll be gift baskets and unique gifts from local artists and vendors. Don’t miss this holiday treat.
Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm enjoy an Albemarle Downtown Development Holiday Tour of Homes. Maps and tickets are available on site or in advance from the ADDC office, Glory Beans, Lah T Dah and Starnes Jewelers and online at www.albemarledowntown.com. You may begin the tour at any site.
This weekend Stanly County is in full swing with the spirit of the holidays. Come join us.