One of Huntersville's best holiday traditions will be celebrated from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, when Huntersville Parks and Recreation hosts "A Huntersville Christmas" downtown.
An estimated 12 tons of snow will transform the renovated downtown into a winter wonderland. Children and families are invited to frolic in and enjoy the snow.
The event is free. The Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department partnered with Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen to organize it.
Those attending are asked to bring a small donation of canned goods (soups, broths, fruit, vegetables) or gallon-sized tea bags to donate to Angels and Sparrows. Donations will be collected at the decorated boxes at all event sites. Start the holiday season by spreading holiday spirit to those in need this time of year.
Rides, games and Santa
Kids and families of all ages will enjoy the pony rides, clown bounce, carousel, train rides, rapid slide, biplane ride, kiddy-chair swing ride and hayride. Santa will have a meet-and-greet at the fire department. Children can also write letters to Santa and have their faces painted.
For older children and teens, there will be a rock climbing wall and a bonfire at the Caboose and Huntersville Market. Also during the celebration, Discovery Place Kids will host a craft center with a coloring contest at its new museum in Huntersville Town Center.
Mrs. Claus will read popular stories to children at the police department. Magic shows are scheduled for 6 and 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. Radio Disney will be on site with a live radio remote broadcast. Huntersville Presbyterian Church will perform a live Nativity scene at 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m. BJ The Stand In will perform near the bonfire, and The Davidson Jugglers will be on hand.
A variety of acts will perform on a stage between the fire station and Town Center parking garage. The Huntersville Elementary Chorus will open the performances at 5:15 p.m. Torrence Creek's Fifth-Grade Eagles and the One Voice Choir from First Baptist Church will take the stage at 6:15 p.m. with a dance team.
The cast of "A Christmas Tale" from Independence Hill Baptist Church will perform at 6:45 p.m. The new Christian youth band "Elia" will play rocking versions of favorite holiday songs at 7:15 p.m.
Shopping and eating
Shoppers will enjoy the Huntersville Market, with local businesses and craft booths. Downtown eateries such as Lupie's and Café 100 will be open for dinner. Calicos Haven will sell hot dogs to raise money for its nonprofit organization, which uses equine-assisted therapy to build self-awareness and provide opportunities for confidential, individual growth and learning for youth.
Parking is available at Huntersville Elementary School, Huntersville Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church of Huntersville, Huntersville Associate Reformed Presbyterian and the parking deck at the Town Center.
Motorists will find detours throughout downtown. Traffic will be blocked on N.C. 115 from Mount Holly-Huntersville Road to Gilead and on Huntersville-Concord Road from N.C. 115 to Main Street.
For details about this event or the Huntersville Parks and Recreation Department, visit www.huntersville.org.