Holiday Celebration & Grand Illumination kicks off holidays


The annual Downtown Holiday Celebration & Grand Illumination will be held in downtown Elizabeth City on Friday starting at 6 p.m.


From staff reports

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Downtown Elizabeth City will be getting into the holiday spirit next week, starting with the annual Downtown Holiday Celebration & Grand Illumination on Friday.

Main Street between Road and Water streets will be closed from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the celebration, which begins in front of the Pasquotank Courthouse with caroling and illumination of the downtown Christmas lights.

A series of kid-oriented and family-friendly activities will follow. Among them will be performances by Music Off Main’s Youth Choir, visits with Santa, hay-sleigh rides and face-painting. There also will be gingerbread cookies and free coffee and cocoa available.

The following day, Saturday, Nov. 24, is Small Business Saturday. The annual event, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., helps showcase small businesses, particularly in downtown areas. Participating businesses typically offer special promotions or discounts.

The downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest gets underway the following Saturday, Dec. 1. Also that day will be Elizabeth City’s annual Christmas Parade, which begins on Ehringhaus Street and weaves through the downtown. The parade is scheduled to get underway at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7, will be the date for the next First Friday ArtWalk. Participating downtown businesses will host local artists and musicians starting at 5 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m.

After ArtWalk will be the Pasquotank Yacht Club’s Lighted Boat Parade, the annual parade around the city’s inner harbor of vessels decorated with Christmas lights. The parade begins on the Pasquotank River at 7 p.m.

A number of downtown businesses also plan to invite Santa for visits during the holiday season. Debbie Malenfant, executive director of Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc., will be developing a “Santa in Downtown” list featuring the dates and times of Santa’s visits in the downtown throughout the holidays.