Downtown Christmas Kickoff Coming Up

Daniel Prince

Entertainment, vendors, shopping, tree lighting, and Truck Full of Toys among the event highlights

The Downtown Christmas Kickoff is one week away. It will be held on Main Street next Thursday, November 18, from 5-8 p.m. From the USC Union Bookstore on the east end to the Union County Courthouse on the west end, there will be activities for the whole family.

Fourteen entertainers are already on the schedule, including a clay art demonstration at the Arts Council by Vicki Shields and a live nativity in the former Green’s Salvage window by Christian Fellowship. Entertainment will be featured in front of the former Wells Fargo Bank building, Elaine’s Dance Studio, Union Karate Center, Union County Community Development and Tourism Office, and The Depot.

Santa will be strolling along Main Street from 5-7, taking free pictures with the kids. The tree lighting and sing-along will take place at 7:30 at the Union County Court House.

More than 30 vendors have signed up to be a part of the event, including four food vendors. Local shops and businesses will be decorated for the holidays, and most will be open for shopping.

WBCU will be broadcasting live and will be taking donations of toys and money for our annual Truck Full of Toys campaign, which officially kicks off that night and runs through the final parade of the year, the Lockhart Christmas Parade, on December 12.

Main Street will be closed to traffic from 4 p.m. until just after 8 p.m. Parking is available in the city and county parking lots off Main Street. All cars parked on Main need to be moved by 5 that day.

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