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Posted on: December 1, 2018

2018 Holiday Festival of Lights Map

Holiday Festival of Lights Map

Holiday Festival of Lights Saturday December 1, 2018 4 – 8 PM

Please note this event will take place rain or shine, so please come prepared for rainy weather.

Street closures will be in effect from 3 – 8 PM

  • East North Main Street and North Providence Street
  • West North Main Street from North Broad Street to Highway 16
  • North Church Street from McDonald to Main Street
  • McDonald Street from North Broad Street to North Church Street

We will be issuing parking passes for the public parking lot on McDonald and Church street.  This parking lot will be accessible for businesses on West North Main Street and festival vendors only.  A volunteer will be stationed at the intersection of Church and McDonald and will allow those with passes ingress and egress to the parking lot. This is necessary for the safety of the carriage rides and the live nativity crowd.

For businesses on East North Main Street the parking lot behind Crossroads Coffee House will be available for their use.  East North Main Street will host the trackless train rides this year as their previous location starting at The Cupcake Queen/Library Used Bookstore and traveling along Caldwell Street has become too dangerous to travel safely.  Call Lisa Hoffman at 704-615-6436 to gain access and exit from this lot.

Holiday Festival Activities (4 – 8 PM unless otherwise noted)

  • Countdown to Lighting begins at 5:15 PM
  • Santa arrives by firetruck 5:20 PM
  • Carnival rides in Water Tower lot
  • Christmas Concert in Water Tower lot with special performances by local dance studios throughout the evening
  • Live Nativity begins at Waxhaw United Methodist Church at 5:30 PM – 8 PM
  • Carriage rides leave Tangles Knit Shop along Church to Main to Hicks to McDonald.
  • Trackless Train Rides on West North Main Street
  • Food trucks and vendors on East North Main Street
  • Christmas gift vendors on Church Street
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus visits at The Meeting Place in front of David G. Barnes Park
  • Carousel rides and carnival games in David G. Barnes Park
  • Christmas carolers walking downtown from Rehobeth Presbyterian Church
  • Costumed characters of The Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, Elsa and elves
  • Pony rides and community mural painting at Eight Legs Gallery
  • Toys for Tots at David Upchurch Realty
  • Harpist at The Bike Depot

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