Downtown Elkin will be filled with holiday spirit and crowds as it hosts the annual Light Up Night festivities Dec. 2, beginning at 5 p.m.
“This is Elkin’s annual kick-off event for the holiday season and offers a family-friendly night of celebration, fun and holiday spirit,” said Jennifer White, one of the key organizers of the event. “This year, we will also be celebrating the (soon-to-be) reopening of the Historic Reeves Theater in downtown Elkin.”
Prior to the official Light Up Night event, the Elkin Public Library will be hosting puppet shows at 4 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and an opportunity to make a craft out of gingerbread cookies. For more information, call the library at 336-835-5586.
The Light Up Night celebration will begin with a children’s lantern parade from the parking lot of Rhythm on Main to the front of the Reeves Theater, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The main performance will happen on a stage directly in front of the Reeves, featuring decorations on the theater facade and marquee. There also will be other decorations lighting up around downtown, including the large tree at the corner of Market and Bridge streets, where Santa’s mailbox will be waiting for children’s letters, which will receive responses from Santa.
Following the special Light-Up performance, Santa Claus will be available nearby for visits with children and family, and horse and buggy rides will be available along Main Street until 9 p.m.
Local dance studios will present special showcase performances, beginning at 7:15 p.m., in a special place created in the parking lot of The Liberty building on East Main Street. The back-up location is inside Coley Hall, in The Liberty building.
Area merchants will offer holiday treats and specials, and the evening will be highlighted with holiday window decor and festive music.
In addition, the Foothills Arts Council will be hosting its annual Open Air Art Market, beginning at 4 p.m., featuring artisan and heritage crafts, live music, food and beverage.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.