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11/27/2018 3:59:00 AM
Christmas In Denver

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

The East Lincoln Betterment Association's 10th annual Denver Christmas Parade happens this Saturday (Dec. 1st) beginning at 12:15 PM.  Doris Johnson, who is in charge of the parade for her fourth consecutive year, says she will accept entries until 5 PM Wednesday (Nov. 28th).

The parade travels north on Highway 16-business starting at the end of North Pilot Knob Road at Business 16 and ends at the Captain’s Cap restaurant.  Those who want to see the parade should be aware of the ending location--you won't be able to watch it from between Captain's Cap and Unity Church Road. The area between Captain’s Cap and Unity Church Road is designated as the float disassembly area.

Handicapped viewing is at Hotsy (Business 16 at the south end of Triangle Circle).  

North Pilot Knob Road will be closed from 9:30 AM to 2 PM — it will be used for parade staging.  The road from the Publix parking lot (Cresset Dellinger) to North Pilot Knob will also be closed from 9:15 AM to 2 PM.

The entries in the parade will be judged at the judges platform in front of CDM Photography at the halfway point of the parade. ELBA president Greg Smith will be heading up the judging process.  Winners will be contacted by phone and invited to come pick up trophies on Tuesday evening (Dec. 4th).  Awards include:
  • Best in Show
  • Best in Show Runner Up 
  • Best School
  • Best Children’s Entry
  • Best Classic Car
  • Best Troop
  • Best Church
  • Best Club/Civic
  • Best Business
  • Judges' Choice
When the long parade is over (the route is a little over a mile) the Carolina Trust Bank (at Business 16 and North Triangle Circle) is the designated point for pick up by the high school bands' buses. Transportation Lincoln County is providing FREE parade van or bus service to return participants to North Pilot Knob Road from Carolina Trust Bank. The van and/or bus will be available from approximately 1:00 PM through the end of the parade. Pick up areas for walkers will be at business parking lots at the end of the parade. The Captain’s Cap rear parking lot and grass area should be used by parade entrants for dismounting, etc.

The theme of this year's parade is "Believe," which provides a multitude of ideas for float or other entry decoration.   Unlike the Lincolnton parade, there is no entry fee for participating in the Denver parade, but you do need to register in advance, and the ABSOLUTE deadline is 5 PM Wednesday.  For more information about the parade, visit the ELBA website.

ELBA held its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Sunday in front of Lake Norman Lutheran Church at the intersection of Business 16 and Natalie Commons Drive.  The tree will remain lighted during the Holiday season.

Other events happening in the Denver area during the holidays include:

  • The East Lincoln High School Theatre Arts program will present "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in the East Lincoln Black Box Theater at the school Thursday & Friday Dec. 6th & 7th at 7 PM and Sunday December 9th at 2 PM.  Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online at or at the door one hour prior to showtime.
  • The East Lincoln High School Band's Breakfast with Santa, Saturday Dec. 8th 8:30-11 AM in the ELHS gym--$9 for adults $6 for children. Proceeds will go toward the 2018-2019 year events and music education.
  • The North Lincoln High School PTO Wreath & Swag Workshop, also Sat. Dec. 8th, 10-noon and 1-3 at the school. Cost is $25 for a wreath, $15 for a swag, or $35 for both.
  • The East Lincoln Chorus will present its Holiday concert "Sounds of the Season" in the East Lincoln Black Box Theater Monday December 10th at 6:30 PM.
  • The North Lincoln Band and Chorus will present their Christmas concert Tuesday December 18th at 7 PM at North Lincoln High School.  Admission is free.
  • The East Lincoln High School Band will play its Winter Concert Thursday December 13 at 7:30 PM in the North Lincoln High School Auditorium.  In lieu of admission, the band is collecting toys to donate to needy children for the holidays.

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