by Madison V. Fisler
Nov. 28, 2013. Can you believe it? The holiday season is almost here! The Town of Blowing Rock is gearing up to celebrate the holiday season very soon, with the annual Christmas in the Park celebration on Nov. 29.
The annual Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town will take place, as always, in Downtown Blowing Rock. The festivities will begin in Memorial Park off of Main Street with a visit from the one and only Santa Claus from 2-4 p.m. at the gazebo.
Following the meet and greet with Santa, guests can have a blast with the entire family with hay rides through Memorial Park from 3-8 p.m. This is a great way for celebrators of all ages to get outside and enjoy the celebration.
Also in Memorial Park, guests can enjoy an Air Walk bounce houses from 2-6 p.m., Caroling in the Park with The Vagabonds from 3-4:30 p.m. and even hot apple cider and hot chocolate offered from 5-8 p.m.
The official Lighting of the Town with Blowing Rock Major J.B. Lawrence will take place on Main Street at 5:30 p.m. where downtown Blowing Rock will become alight with the holiday spirit and the beauty of the winter season.
But the festivities don’t end there. Don’t forget to catch some sleep so you can be awake and refreshed for the Blowing Rock Christmas Parade the next day!
On Nov. 30, join the town of Blowing Rock and Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation at the Blowing Rock Christmas Parade. Lining up at noon, the parade will begin at 2 p.m. proceeding down Main Street in the center of downtown. Only registered participants are permitted to take part in the parade, but spectators will begin lining the streets early to get the best spot to see the fantastic annual tradition. Be sure to grab the family and experience this spectacular way to bring in the holiday season.
Christmas in the Park and the Blowing Rock Christmas Parade have been going on for as long as most can remember.
“I have been here almost ten years, and it has been going on for at least double that!” said Jennifer Brown, director of Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation.
“The best thing about this event is that it is a truly family friendly event for kids and adults, and it is a wonderful hometown event. We get so many compliments about Christmas in the Park and the Parade, about how it is a great small town event.”
Parking is open on Main Street and in either of the two parking decks in Blowing Rock, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a place to park your car while you enjoy the festivities.
So pack up the family, head on into downtown Blowing Rock and have a holiday evening to remember.
Check out our photos of last year’s event.