Downtown lights up for season in small town way

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Visitors walk downtown from the Pasquotank County Courthouse after the illumination switch was thrown at last year's Grand Illumination ceremony. Downtown businesses were open and offered free hot chocolate and cider.


From staff reports

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The holiday season in downtown Elizabeth City starts strong on the day after Thanksgiving with the annual Downtown Holiday Celebration and Grand Illumination event hosted by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc.

On Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the holiday season officially kicks off with the “lighting of the holiday lights” on Main Street followed by caroling, hot cocoa, hay ride/sleigh rides, Santa, and many other activities.

A short lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at the Pasquotank County Courthouse. Then, participants head down Main Street toward Water Street for the Downtown Holiday Celebration blocks party, thanks to involvement from many downtown businesses.

Here's some of the activities:

— Visit the Holiday Room before the illumination at Twice is Nice for a holiday decoration bonanza – 102 E. Main Street

— Sip tea at the Princess Tea Party at Eclectic Jewelry & Design – 513 E. Fearing Street

— View the Vintage Train and talk with Polar Express Conductor Davis; Also, have a story time with Cat in the Hat & Dr. Seuss at Page After Page Bookstore – 111 S. Water Street

— See Santa and his Elves at Port Discover – 611 E. Main Street

— Warm up with Spiced Apple Cider at Tina Clancy’s Art & Antique Connection – 116 N. Poindexter Street

— Fancy up your cheeks with Face Painting with Shelia Schultheiss at the Virginia Dare Arcade – 507 E. Main Street

— Hop on the popular Hay Ride/Sleigh Ride – sponsored by Lazzy Frog & Forest Park Mini Storage – Pick up & Drop off at PNC Bank – 606 E. Main Street. Kids and kids-at-heart can enjoy a looping tour of downtown on a meandering ride from Main Street to Water Street, down Church Street to Elliot Street, and all the way back up Main Street.

— Say hello to Annabelle the Princess who will be wandering around the festivities visiting with everyone.

— Enjoy free hot cocoa, coffee, and sweets provided by Elizabeth City Downtown Inc. at PNC Bank – 606 E. Main Street.

A complete program will be provided on the evening of the event, or visit the Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. Facebook Page for last minute changes. Many businesses and restaurants will be open that evening to customers. For more information contact Deborah Malenfant, ECDI, at 252-338-4104 or elizabethcitydowntown@embarqmail.com .