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Look for Santa ‘round the corner, in neighborhoods and towns / December 02, 2020
Christmas celebrations will be different this year due to the pandemic, but even with restrictions in place communities in and around Mecklenburg County are finding new ways to keep the Yuletide spirit alive as people make plans to stay close to home.

Chase City
Friday, Dec. 4
Enjoy a Christmas parade from the warmth of your vehicle as Santa and friends travel around the Town of Chase City in a Christmas convoy.

Participants are asked to line up starting at 4:15 p.m. at the Star Manufacturing plant on Jonbil Road. The parade steps off at 5 p.m. heading toward Highway 49 and onto Main Street in downtown Chase City. They’ll then travel down Fifth Street to Green Acres Road through the loop to Blankenship and then to Bailey Road before continuing onto Monroe and Endly Streets. The parade crosses Second Street onto Virginia Avenue to Overlook before heading to Sycamore and Walnut, E, Gregory, B and Grace Streets. Returning to Sycamore Street. The parade will head right on Fairgrounds Drive to A Street and then again to S. Main and E. Second (Highway 47) Streets. After turning right on Hervy Street the parade will cross Highway 47 to Huston then to Marshall, Walker and Dodd Streets, before ending at the Chase City Pavilion on Main Street.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Wood asks the public not to gather in large groups out on the street to view the parade. Instead, enjoy the show from the comfort of your car or home. Those who do not live in areas where the parade will travel “are encouraged to park their vehicle along the parade route,” said Wood.

Wednesday, Dec. 2
Clarksville’s tree lighting takes place Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. The public is asked to view the grand illumination virtually on the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce Facebook page,

Friday, Dec. 4
Santa Claus is coming to Clarksville even though there’s no traditional parade this year due to COVID-19. Instead, members of the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department will be driving Santa through selected neighborhoods and streets around Clarksville on the back of a fire truck.

The tour starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department and heads west on Business 58 to Venable Drive, then north on Mansion Drive to Buffalo Road. Santa’s escort will continue east onto Rose Hill to Third Street, then into the Wells Fargo parking lot on Virginia Avenue. From there the parade will head south on Fourth Street over to Fifth Street and back to Virginia Avenue, before turning left onto Eighth Street onto Market up Ninth and back to Virginia Avenue. The parade continues on Highway 15 South to Benchmark Bank before turning north and returning to the fire station.

Clarksville Chamber Executive Director Sheila Cuykendall said, “We encourage children to come out and wave to Santa. If he does not happen to go through their neighborhood, we encourage them to go to the Food Lion or Wells Fargo parking lots or anywhere along the route to see him.”

Dec. 5-19
Bring the family for photos with Santa at Virginia Avenue Mall on three weekends in December — Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 1-3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 13 from 2-4 p.m. Santa’s favorite elf, Barbara Martin, is hosting the free photos with Santa. To keep everyone safe, she asks families to write down their Christmas gift lists, and place them in St. Nick’s mailbox when they come in for their photo.

Dec. 12-24
Applications are still being accepted for Clarksville’s Parade of Lights Tour. In lieu of the traditional Christmas Parade normally held the first Friday in December, “we are hosting a Parade of Lights tour that families can visit in their vehicles,” Cuykendall said. “We are looking for homes or businesses who would like to participate.” Participants are asked to apply through the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce, which will create a tour map for the public. Applications are due by Friday, Dec. 4. To apply, contact the Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce at (434) 374-2426.

South Hill
The Town of South Hill is moving ahead with its Hometown Christmas celebration, although a few events had to be cancelled due to Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order limiting attendance at public events.

To comply with the recent order, Thursday night’s concert with The Embers on Dec. 3 and the weekend ice skating, toboggan ride, Christmas Carousel and Sunday Gospel Concert in Centennial Park have all been canceled. There are still a number of holiday centered events taking place.

Friday, Dec. 4
Mayor Dean Marion will be lighting the town’s Christmas tree on Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at Christmas Tree corner near the intersection of Danville Street and Mecklenburg Avenue. Families are encouraged to view the lighting virtually.

Saturday, Dec. 5
There will be tinsel town emporiums, where you can shop for everything Christmas, at the Maker’s Market from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and at the Exchange Building on Danville Street on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids can have their own shopping experience using their Santa Bucks at Santa’s Marketplace in the Depot on Mecklenburg Avenue from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

A sensory friendly Santa’s market will open from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dece. 5 for children who are better served in places with less noise and fewer crowds.

Santa will be at the Depot caboose on Mecklenburg Avenue from 1-3 p.m. to hear holiday wishes from the kids. There will be no sitting on Santa’s lab, but children of all ages will be able to talk with him directly as he stands on the porch. There will be opportunities for photos.

This year, instead of parade viewers lining the streets to see Santa and friends, South Hill is holding a reverse parade. Viewers will drive the route in their vehicles starting at 7 p.m. The route begins at the South Hill Chamber office on Mecklenburg Avenue and continues onto Danville Street.

Oxford, N.C.
Dec. 2-Jan. 8
The Lights of Oxford Park is hosting its annual Christmas Light show at 105 Oxford Park Boulevard in the Town of Oxford. The public is invited to enjoy a 30-minute light show set to favorite Christmas and holiday songs, new and old.

The show will run approximately every half hour starting at 5:30 p.m. Tune your car radio to 98.9 FM to listen from the comfort of your vehicle. The song list will rotate nightly.

As part of the light show, donations will be collected to benefit Duke Children’s Hospital. For a $20 donation, you can also get a light-up bracelet that changes colors with the music. It is a fun way to be a part of the show.

The holiday lights show runs through Jan. 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday nights and at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Dec. 4
Oxford’s reverse Christmas Whoville themed parade takes place Friday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Oxford. This year instead of the parade coming to the spectators, you are asked to travel the route in your vehicle while parade entrants remain stationary.

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