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Author of Miracle on 34th Street, Valentine Davies, wrote “Christmas isn’t just a day; it’s a frame of mind.” This year Washington, North Carolina, has the holiday spirit BIG time. So many fun holiday happenings are taking place this season! From hot cocoa contests to holiday home tours to stupendous shopping, make your plans now to visit Little Washington this holiday season.
The yuletide kicks off on Tuesday, Nov. 23 with ‘Light Up the City,’ from 5 until 8 p.m. in downtown Washington at the Harbor District Market.
Meg Howdy, executive director of the Washington Harbor District Alliance said the community Christmas tree this year is 18 feet tall and is being built in Hickory, North Carolina. Lighted wreaths will also adorn the historic downtown, along with Christmas banners.
Light Up the City is a joint venture between community fundraising and the City. Santa will be on hand at Light Up the City, and hot cocoa and cookies will be served.
Howdy said people love to see the boats on the riverfront decked out in holiday splendor. The Harbor Walk of Lights will start on the 23rd, too, as boats start to arrive on the waterfront throughout the season and begin to decorate. Boats will be lit nightly, stretching along the waterfront throughout the holiday season.
You can vote for your favorite decorated boat through Dec. 27 either online at whda.org, or by paper ballot found at the dockmaster’s station.
Throughout the holiday season, Wildwood Carriage Company will be giving horse and carriage rides throughout the historic downtown. Purchase tickets here.
On Dec. 3, area historic homes will be decorated in their holiday finest. Enjoy a tour of a variety of Washington homes decorated for the holidays.
The Holiday Homes Tour is sponsored by the Historic Turnage Theatre’s Arts of the Pamlico and is a ticketed event from 4 until 8 p.m. Call Arts of the Pamlico at (252) 946-2504 for tickets, or visit https://www.artsofthepamlico.org/ for more information and other holiday happenings.
The annual Washington Christmas Parade will take place at 11 a.m. on Dec. 4 throughout downtown and is presented by the Kiwanis Club. Organizer Bobby Roberson said this year it will be a traditional parade (last year’s was stationary) with floats, bands and Santa Claus.
“We are all excited about the parade and good old Christmastime. We think we are going to have a lot of entries in the parade,” Roberson said. “We are going to be implementing safety protocols, developing those with the City and the health department.”
There will also be ‘special guests’ downtown to interact with the kiddos throughout the parade. Also, on Dec. 4 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Harbor District Market will have their annual Christmas …….