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Small town of Davidson packs holiday punch

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Stop by Davidson’s Town Hall to take a holiday ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

The search for a small-town “It’s a Wonderful Life” type of holiday experience doesn’t have to involve hours of driving. Dec. 5-7 at Christmas in Davidson, you can bask in the seasonal glow in the northern end of Mecklenburg County. The community is on full display for Christmas in Davidson, centered on Main Street near the college campus. Most events are held between 6 and 9 p.m.

Signature events on the Village Green include a Doggie Fashion Show, where pooches will be paraded in holiday wear; and the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, where pets can laugh at humans’ expense. The Green is also where to find vendors and the Christmas Tree Village of 25 decorated firs. Daytime events include the annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade, plus ice skating at the South Main Square.

Choirs and other arts groups are in the spotlight at different venues. Free hay rides are offered from the corner of Main Street and Concord Road; horse-drawn carriage rides ($10 per person) will be based in front of Town Hall.

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