Even before the Thanksgiving turkey is cooked, Christmas decorations are going up throughout the suburbs.
Small towns can't wait to deck their light poles and decorate their Christmas trees.
Mint Hill, Matthews, Pineville, Stallings and Indian Trail all have tree lightings and other activities scheduled for the holidays.
Santa Claus, in some cases accompanied by Mrs. Claus, also will make the rounds. Here's a look at what's coming up:
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Pineville: At 6 p.m. Nov. 19, the town will have its tree-lighting celebration. The event will be in the Pineville Police Station parking lot at 300 Main St. For details, call 704-889-2291 or go online to www.pinevillenc.net.
Mint Hill: At 7 p.m. Dec. 1, the town will have its tree-lighting celebration at Town Hall, 7151 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. There will be entertainment, hot chocolate and apple cider and homemade cookies. For more information, call 704-545-9726 or visit www.minthill.com.
Stallings: At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Stallings will hold its tree-lighting celebration at Stallings Municipal Park, 340 Stallings Road. For more information, call 704-821-3011 or visit www.stallingsnc.org.
Matthews: From 3-6 p.m. Dec. 3, the Matthews Hometown Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting will be held on the Village Green in front of City Hall, 232 Matthews Stations St.
The event includes take-away crafts for kids, carriage rides, entertainment and other activities. The tree-lighting celebration will be 5 p.m. For more information, call 704-847-4411 or visit www.matthewshometownholidays.com.
Indian Trail: At 3 p.m. Dec. 3, Indian trail will host the "It's a Wonderful Life" Christmas Parade. The parade starts at the post office on Indian Trail Road and travels to Indian Trail Elementary School. There will be a tree-lighting celebration at dusk at Crossing Paths Park on Blythe Drive. For more information, call 704-821-8114 or visit www.indiantrail.org.