Christmas parades have had to march through rain, and one got snowed out Sunday; it has been that kind of December--cold and wet! The Casar parade won't be rescheduled. Stanley managed to get its parade in Wednesday. [See photo gallery.] Dallas faced a potentially very soggy parade day on Friday (Dec. 14th)--so they called it off. It won't be rescheduled.
It hasn't been a good year for the carriage and wagon rides either. Rain, then snow, and a lot of enjoyment brought by that holiday tradition had to be missed because of the weather. They managed a good evening on Thursday (Dec. 13th) but that's probably it for this weekend. If weather permits, there'll be one more week of the rides: next Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
While the weather may nix some activities, many will happen. Here's a list of some of the Holiday events in our area leading up to (and past) Christmas:
FRIDAY Dec. 14th
The Lincolnton High School Band has rescheduled its Christmas Concert which was originally scheduled for Monday (Dec. 10th) to the LHS Gym at 7 PM Friday. Admission is free.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY Dec. 14th & 15th
The 12th annual production of "The Nutcracker" is scheduled for Friday evening at 6:30 with two performances Saturday at 2:00 and 6 PM at the James W. Warren Citizens Center. Emma Grace Ramsey, daughter of Shannon and Jason Ramsey, will be featured in the role of Clara (some spell it Klara). The role of the Nutcracker will be prefomed by Sydney Nester; Madison Crowder will be the Mouse King; McKenzie Denis, the Snow Queen; and Kayla Jackson, the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Other roles will be Hadleigh Curles as the Dew Drop Fairy, Carley Starnes as the Reed Flute Princess, Madison Price as the Arabian Queen, Mollie Gilmore as the Ballerina doll, Katelyn Parker as the Soldier Doll, Kaitlyn Thompson as the Jester Doll, Hope Bryant as Fritz, Jade Asaro as Nanny, Katie Kester as the Spanish Dancer, Tristan William and Gwen Reep as the Chinese, Kallie Barker and Katie Starnes as Russians, and Rionna Weldon and Christina Zawacki in the roles of American Beauty Rose.
Seven dance schools will have a hand in preparing for the production: Expressions, Xtreme Edge, Stars and Steps, Alternative Steps, Glamorous Productions, Star Struck, and Rhonda’s School of Dance. This production is a community effort featuring local dance students.
While the performances will be at the Citizens Center , all proceeds will benefit the Lincoln Cultural Center and will be utilized for the ongoing operations and programming of that facility. All seats are $10, children 3 and under enter free. Tickets are available now at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 East Main Street. Tickets will also be available at the door.
SATURDAY Dec. 15th
Hardin Community Christmas Parade
The Hardin Community will hold its 7th annual Christmas Parade Saturday Dec. 15th at 11 AM. Lineup begins at 10 AM on Hardin Road near Old Hardin Road The parade will march to the churches in Hardin, one of the longest of the Christmas parades in our area. Fortunately, most of the route is downhill. [Parade was still set to go as of Friday afternoon!]
Light Up Lowell Festival & Christmas Parade
The town of Lowell will have its Christmas Festival beginning at 2 PM with the parade scheduled to begin at Woodlawn Baptist Church on N. Main St. at 3 PM.
Christmas Village (Belmont)
Belmont Main Street & the Downtown Belmont Development Assoc. host this event Saturday, Dec. 15th 5 PM – 9 PM in downtown Belmont. Festivities will include the Festival of Lights in Stowe Park and up Main Street, carriage rides, hayrides, train rides through Stowe Park, s'more stations, live holiday music, and festive holiday characters.
SUNDAY Dec. 16th
Shelby will finish up the many Christmas parades in our area with their parade scheduled for 3 PM Sunday Dec. 16th. [Note: a misprint in the Shelby newspaper was in error; the parade is Sunday Dec. 16th at 3 PM--we promise!]
MONDAY Dec. 17th
LHS Chorus Concert
The Lincolnton High School Chorus will perform its Christmas Concert at Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 7 PM Monday. Admission is free. [Note: the Lincoln County Schools website published information that the concert had been moved to Friday--it has not!]
TUESDAY Dec. 18th
North Lincoln Christmas Concert
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.
THURSDAY Dec. 20th
A Very Cherry WhoVille Christmas (Rescheduled from Dec. 14th)
Enjoy shopping for Christmas gifts, special music and more during this event 5 - 10 PM in downtown Cherryville.
Christmas Music Concert CANCELLED
The Arts Council of Lincoln County has cancelled its "Come Home for Christmas," community choir Holiday Concert which had been planned for next Friday & Saturday Dec. 21st & 22nd at the Citizens Center.
SATURDAY Dec. 22nd
Santa Hustle 5K (Belmont)
The 2nd annual Santa Hustle 5k & Half Marathon will be held Saturday Dec. 22nd beginning at 8 AM. The events begin and end in downtown Belmont. All 5k & half marathon participants will receive a Santa hat, Santa beard, a sweatshirt to wear while running, and those who complete the event will get a 5K or Half Marathon Finisher Medal. Visit santahustle.com for more information.
WEDNESDAY December 26th
Christmastown USA (McAdenville)
The lights will continue to glow nightly thru December 26th from 5:30 - 9:30 weeknights and 5:30 - 11 PM Saturdays and Sundays.
CONTINUING THRU January 6th
Christmas at the Garden
Fear not, there's still ample opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden at Belmont. Holidays at the Garden continues daily through January 6th 5 - 9 PM except Christmas Day. Adult tickets range from $12.95 if you buy online in advance to $16.95 at the door Fridays thru Sundays. Senior Citizens tickets are a dollar less, and children 2-12 can visit for $7.95 online in advance to $10.95 at the door. For more information, visit their website.
THURSDAY Jan. 3rd
East Lincoln High School Chorus Concert
You've heard the expression, 'better luck next year.' Well, the East Lincoln High Chorus hopes moving their "Sounds of the Season" concert to Jan. 3rd will turn out well. The concert will be in the Black Box Theater at ELHS at 6:30 PM.