This coming weekend will be a busy one as folks around the county will begin celebrating the holiday season with parades, musicals and more.
It all kicks off in Yadkinville on Friday night with Willingham Wonderful, a holiday production staged at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center’s Willingham Theater.
“A Willingham Wonderland is our first time presenting our own Christmas performance,” said YCAC Director Lindsay Craven. “Our local cast members have put months of time and work in to make a truly unique and magical performance for our community. This event is the perfect opportunity for local social groups and churches to come out and support their neighbors while celebrating the Christmas season.”
Showtimes for Willingham Wonderland are 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 13. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center at 336-679-2941.
On Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the Yadkinville Christmas Parade will take place in downtown Yadkinville, lead by Grand Marshal Lee Groce. Coinciding with the parade festivities, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is the Yadkin Arts Council’s annual Christmas in the Plaza event at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center.
“Our Christmas in the Plaza event has been a tradition for us for five years now,” Craven said. “In the last few years we’ve joined forces with Yadkin County Smart Start to create a great family experience for the residents of Yadkin County. This year we will continue to offer visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts and activities for children, face painting and live Christmas music all at no cost to participants. We’ll also bring back our Littlest Elves Christmas Shop where visitors can purchase affordable hand crafted Christmas gifts while supporting local artists.”
At 4 p.m. on Saturday, the town of Boonville will kick off its holiday celebrations with visits with Santa, Christmas carols, a Reindeer Dash race, tree lighting and parade. The Reindeer Dash will take place at Boonville Elementary, there is no entry fee, but participants are asked to bring an unwrapped new toy for Toys for Tots. There will also be a Christmas costume contest for the most festively dressed runner. The caroling, tree lighting and visits with Sana will take place at the intersection of highways 67 and 601.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.