The earliest sighting of Santa, for many in this area, was at the Mooresville Christmas parade on Nov. 24. Held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, a tradition since 1944, the parade has entertained generations of visitors.
There were many other celebrations around the lake in recent weeks, including Light Up Cornelius; the fourth annual tree lighting at the Cornelius Town Hall on Nov. 28; Christmas in Davidson, a three-day celebration in early December; and the annual Huntersville Town Center Tree Lighting on Dec. 4. The downtown celebration, A Huntersville Christmas also was scheduled on Dec. 12, with a planned snow slide, stories read by Mrs. Claus and a visit by her famous husband.
Greeted by clear skies and moderate temperatures, the 33rd annual North Mecklenburg Christmas parade on Dec. 5 traveled from Davidson to Cornelius along N.C. 115. “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” were the greeting of the day as children waited for the more than 200 entries to pass, so that they could see Santa.
Later that day, the celebration moved to the water, where the Lake Norman Yacht Club Keelboat Fleet hosted the Fifth Annual Christmas Flotilla and Parade of Lights. Captains decorated their ships with strands of lights and powered them from the Yacht Club in Mooresville to the Rusty Rudder restaurant and bar in Cornelius for the judging. The group donated $200 in unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots as their entry fees while treating residents to a colorful show.
The 19th annual Lighted Boat Parade hosted by the Peninsula Yacht Club in Cornelius was scheduled for Dec. 12.
If you are still in need of holiday cheer, you can catch the play, “Christmas Belles,” performed by the Davidson Community Players, daily through Dec. 20, at the Amour Street Theatre. The comedy, by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, depicts a church Christmas program with a Southern twist, including a surly Santa. The show is recommended for children age 10 and older. Go to www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org for ticket prices and show times.
Marty Price is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org