Downtown Wilson hosts holiday events this weekend

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Get into the holiday spirit this weekend as Historic Downtown Wilson will be celebrating “A Downtown Christmas” Friday and Saturday.

The weekend will include the traditional “Light Up Wilson” celebration Friday night; the Christmas parade Saturday afternoon; and a visit by Santa Claus Saturday night.

Participating downtown shops, stores and nonprofits will be open from 5-9 p.m. both evenings, along with family entertainment, most of which will be free.

Friday night’s events kick off at 6 p.m. with  “Light Up Wilson”, the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Wilson County Courthouse. Mayor C. Bruce Rose will have the honor of lighting the tree after which entertainment will be provided by local elementary school children singing carols and festive music. The entertainment will be coordinated and supervised by Dr. Gayla Turk of downtown’s Pro-Music Conservatory.

Afterward the program, attendees will be able to take free horse-drawn carriage rides, sing along with roaming carolers, and watch holiday movie “shorts” and drink hot chocolate sponsored by Wilson Police Department.

Wilson’s Greenlight broadband services is sponsoring Snowglobe Live, a 15-foot-tall inflatable snow globe complete with holiday décor elements and a large artificial snow play area. Up to six guests at the time can enter, play, pose and take home a great photo souvenir.

The Playhouse of Wilson will present “It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” at The Boykin Center at 8 p.m. and Santa’s Workshop will be open at Pro-Music Conservatory offering holiday craft opportunities for the kids.

On Saturday, the Wilson Jaycees’ annual Christmas Parade will begin at 4 p.m. (The rain date is 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2). The parade will be along Nash Street between Douglas and Warren streets. As tradition, Mayor Rose will lead off the parade and Santa Claus will be on the final float. After the parade, Santa will be seated in front of the courthouse to listen to children’s Christmas wishes.

The Snowglobe Live will also be available Saturday night, as well as most other attractions from Friday night. Carriage rides will be Friday night only.

Also, The Arts Council of Wilson, 124 Nash St., is hosting “All Aboard for Christmas Fun! It’s a Polar Express Party!” from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. There will be an authentic Lionel Polar Express train on display in the Cooke Children's Gallery thanks to Dr. Robert Stone. Children will be delighted by readings of Chris Van Allsburg’s classic tale, The Polar Express, and they’ll even receive a treat from a friendly elf.

The free event is sponsored by WEE SCHOOL!, Eastern Carolina ENT, Dr. Samuel Cohen, Play date of Wilson and Dixon and Holmes, DDS.