A Downtown Christmas featuring Candyland!

 

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Each holiday season, downtown lights it up and kicks it off with a full weekend of festivities. This year, children of all ages will enjoy a magical “Candyland” Friday, December 1 through Saturday, December 2. The mayor will host “Light Up Wilson”, the traditional lighting of the tree on the Courthouse Plaza on Friday evening, followed by a weekend of holiday shopping and dining, wagon rides, children’s activities, food trucks, live music, carnival rides, the Historic Downtown Wilson Christmas Parade and Santa’s Village!

NEW events this year include a bigger and better laser light show on Friday evening beginning with Light Up Wilson, and a family-friendly Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Party Saturday evening on the Courthouse Plaza. Programming will also extend to the newly open Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park with kid’s holiday activities and a Grinch character meet ‘n greet and selfie opportunity!

Friday, Dec. 1
6pm Light Up Wilson Courthouse Plaza
Tree lighting, laser light show, holiday music by the Whirlikidz, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive!

6-9 pm Shopping & Dining See Historic Downtown Wilson Business Guide
` Carnival Rides Ferris Wheel – Tax Office Parking Lot/ Tarboro & Nash
Berry-Go-Round – Farris & Farris Parking Lot/Tarboro & Nash
Food Trucks Intersection of Nash and Tarboro Streets
Taste of Texas, Everette’s Concessions, Chick-fil-A, Get a Pizza This!
7-9 pm Candyland Kid’s Activities Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
(Ages 3-12) Candy Cane Ring Toss, Lollipop Tree, King Candy’s Guessing Game
Imagination Station Science & History Museum
Kid’s holiday craft
ProMusic Conservatory
Kids create a wind instrument at the “Tootie Fruity” stop
Edna Boykin Cultural Center
Watch holiday classics in the theater, create a holiday craft,
Selfies with Elf on the Shelf, Christmas train
7pm-9pm Santa’s Cottage Courthouse Plaza
Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Candyland
Holiday Wagon Rides Look for “Shop Stop” signs to get on or off the wagon ride to events, activities, food and shopping
The Grinch Meet ‘n Greet Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
Selfies with The Grinch, Max, and Cindy Lou Who

7 pm Live Music at the brewery 217 Brew Works
Retro group 3mb (3 Man Band) rocks tunes including the Eagles, Beatles, Steely Dan, Doobies, Badfinger, Springsteen, Motown and more.
Food truck, craft beer and soda. Family friendly.

Saturday, Dec. 2
11 am Christmas Parade Nash Street from Whitehead Ave. to Douglas Street
11 am – 2 pm Jingle Mingle Shopping Dance Studio “B”
1-9 pm Holiday Wagon Rides Look for “Shop Stop” signs to get on or off the wagon ride to events,
activities, food and shopping
1pm-6pm Shopping and Dining See the Historic Downtown Wilson Business Guide
Edna Boykin Cultural Center Watch holiday classics in the theater, create a holiday craft,
Selfies with Elf on the Shelf, Christmas train
Candyland Kid’s Activities Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park , Suggested Ages 3-12
Candyland Ring Toss, Lollipop Tree, King Candy’s Guessing Game
ProMusic Conservatory Kids create a wind instrument at the “Tootie Fruity” stop
Edna Boykin Cultural Center
Carnival Rides Ferris Wheel – Tax Office Parking Lot/ Tarboro & Nash
Berry-Go-Round – Farris & Farris Parking Lot/Tarboro & Nash
Food Trucks Intersection of Nash and Tarboro Streets
Taste of Texas, Everette’s Concessions, Chick-fil-A, Get a Pizza This!
3-6 pm Cocoa & Cookies Warm up with hot cocoa and cookies
At the Chamber

6-9 pm Glow-in-the-Dark Courthouse Plaza
Dance Party! Family friendly light show, dee jay and interactive games
Wear your best Christmasy glow-in-the-dark attire, paint and make-up!

ALL Wilson Downtown Development events are FREE and family-friendly!
Some partner events may have a nominal fee for entry.
Food and beverages available for purchase with some vendors.

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