Waxhaw Holiday Schedule of Events

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Events to watch for this December in Waxhaw.

Senior Christmas Party

The annual Senior Christmas Party will be held on December 1, starting at noon. The event, which provides a luncheon, good conversation, and Christmas jingles, is free of charge and open to anyone over the age of 60 that resides in the Waxhaw town limits. The location is the Waxhaw Bible Church at 6810 Pleasant Grove Rd, Waxhaw.

Gingerbread 5K

Calling all runners! The Gingerbread 5K, held on Saturday, December 2, and winds its way through the heart of Waxhaw. National inspirational program, Girls on the Run will also be headlining the event. Whether you’re a diehard marathoner, or just interested in giving it a try, the 5K is the race for you. It’s professionally timed, but also friendly to those who would prefer to walk or jog. Visit http://www.gingersnap5k.com/ for details and to register for this event.

Light Up Night

December 2 also brings one of the best nights of the year in historic downtown. The town’s Light Up Night transforms the bustling character of Waxhaw into a vintage christmas tale setting. Complete with a bazaar, hot chocolate, carriage rides, lighted store windows, and even Santa, Light Up Night is a an enchanted evening of family fun.

Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 10 kicks of the Christmas Parade as 3:00 p.m.. The streets will be filled with local organizations and festivals floats. Marching bands and a few special community members also dot the tickertape and pass sweets to those eagerly waiting on the sidelines. Keep your eyes peeled, as Mr. Claus is know to make a special appearance during Waxhaw’s big day!

Menorah Lighting

Join Ballantyne Jewish Center for a spectacular evening of fun and culture as they light the Menorah in downtown. The lighting itself will take place at 5 p.m. on December 17, but will be preceded by activities for children starting at 4:30 p.m. at The Old Oak Tree Bandstand. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Rabbi Yisrael Levin at 704-737-0555 for more info.

Wreaths Across America

Not to be forgotten during this special time of the year where we get to spend time with the lobes we love, Wreaths Across America, aims to remember those who fought and died so we could be with our friends and family during the holidays every year. December 16, the Parkwood JROTC, Composite Squadron of the Waxhaws (Civil Air Patrol), and the Town of Waxhaw will work together in a ceremony to place a commemorative wreath on veterans grave sites across the area. The remembrance ceremony begins at noon, and more details and information can be found on the Waxhaw Town website.

Santa’s Ride Through the Neighborhoods

Last, but certainly not least, Santa and the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department have a fantastic tradition of delighting the children of the area by scheduling the busy toymaker to ride through the Waxhaw neighborhoods and wave to the residents. Young and old alike enjoy the jolly greeting from the bright red fire truck as Santa rolls past many houses. Santa’s route is still top secret, but look for an upcoming announcement to be made on the Waxhaw Town website and the Waxhaw Fire Department website. The drives are held nightly from December 10th-16th, and begin at 6:30 each evening.

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