The annual Christmas in Davidson event is the epitome of the warmth and sense of community of a small college town. An annual tradition since 1988, it starts November 29th (Thursday!) and runs through December 1, each evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. As they say on The Town of Davidson home page: “Christmas in Davidson is our signature event–a wonderful holiday celebration that now draws crowds of more than 20,000 over three evenings. No other festival generates such an atmosphere of warm ambiance, nor creates such lasting goodwill toward our residents and businesses.”
The opening ceremonies begin on November 29th at 6:00 p.m. on the Village Green and include Santa arriving by fire truck at 6:30.
Here are just some of the fun activities you can enjoy:
- Old-Fashion Hayrides
- Horse drawn carriages (Arrive early to make reservations!)
- Live Nativity
- Angel Tree
- The Gingerbread Lake House (Make your own gingerbread house)
- Live music of all kinds from strolling carolers to gospel singers
- Arts and Crafts: Handmade Christmas Fairies at The Village Store, cookie decorating at Southern Bella, handmade candies from Heaven Scent, angel ornaments from Angels of ’97, hand knitted scarves and shawls from The Knitting Lady, Beadexplorations from the Depot Artist Group, homemade gift bags from the Lake Norman Teen Council, hand painted ornaments and accessories from Brooke Powel Hand Painted Accessories. Wow, what a list!
- Lots of wonderful food from chili and cornbread to coffee, to hot chocolate, donuts, hot dogs and baked goods all for sale to benefit various charities.
This is the 2007 Christmas in Davidson Ornament designed by Pittsburg artist Tom Pollard. It depicts the “hip and historic” Town of Davidson.
The event concludes on the evening of December 1st with a parade through town.
To me, this is what the holidays are all about; a community joins together to share their joy and warmth, raise money for those less fortunate, and have wholesome fun with friends and family!
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