Waxhaw turns on the lights!

Waxhaw's Festival of Lights kicked off on December 1st, 2018.

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Teresa with Jocelyn and Olivia pose in downtown Waxhaw with their Christmas Bears. “We weren’t able to come down for the tree lighting due to the weather. It looked like fun but the weather just didn’t cooperate.”
Carla, Jaden, and Chris from Waxhaw came out to view the lights on Sunday night. “We weren’t able to come last night due to the weather but came today. It’s very nice. They always do a nice job and it gives it that small town feel. “
A view down E South Main St in Waxhaw.
Waxhaw’s Festival of Lights kicked off on December 1st, 2018.

On Saturday, December 2, 2018 at 5:15 pm, Waxhaw officially flipped the switch to turn on over 500,000 lights downtown.  Unfortunately, it rained heavily throughout the evening, even though this was a rain or shine event.  Several activities still proceeded as scheduled but some were cancelled due to the rain.  The intended schedule included a Christmas concert, carriage rides, cookies, pictures with characters, pony rides, Toys for Tots collection, carnival games and rides, food trucks, as well as a live nativity and the arrival of Santa.  The live nativity and trackless train rides were cancelled due to the weather.

Luckily, you can still see the beautiful results in downtown Waxhaw.  The street lights have been wrapped in garlands and crews spent over a week getting all of the trees wrapped with lights.  The festive mood has also spread to the local businesses who got into the spirit with some of their own decorations.  And the Town of Waxhaw has many more events coming up!  On December 4th at 5:30 pm, Waxhaw will light the Menorah for the fourth year in a row on E. North Main St by the Overhead Bridge.  On December 12th, at noon, the Waxhaw Senior Citizen Christmas Party will be held at the Waxhaw Bible Church.  On Sunday, December 9th at 3 pm, Waxhaw will host the Annual Christmas Parade downtown.  On December 15th at noon, Wreaths Across America will lay wreaths on veterans gravesites during a commemorative ceremony.  And don’t forget about Santa!  Santa will be riding through neighborhoods from December 9th through the 15th, starting at 6:30 pm.  The Waxhaw Fire Department will show Santa around and let his reindeer rest before the big night.

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