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It’s going to snow in Historic Downtown Wilson on Saturday, Dec. 7. And that comes straight from the top — Santa Claus.
For the first time, the Candyland Christmas in Historic Downtown Wilson will feature snow and sledding for kids ages 6 and up from 5 to 9 p.m.
“We are so excited to bring snow sledding to Historic Downtown Wilson,” said Susan Kellum, downtown marketing and communications coordinator for Historic Downtown Wilson. “We in Wilson Downtown Development have been trying to bring this vendor to Wilson for the past four years, and the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park seems to have been the key to finally getting them here.”
There will be a play space for chaperoned children aged 12 and under in the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park that will feature, in addition to the two lanes of sledding, constantly refreshed snow for making snow angels, snow balls and basic “snow frolicking.”
Candyland Christmas will begin at 10 a.m. with various activities going on throughout downtown Wilson until 9 p.m.
Featured again this year is the hop on/hop off holiday wagon that will take riders to various events and shops in the downtown area. A Ferris wheel and food trucks will be located on the corner of Tarboro and Nash streets, and carnival rides, blowups and more food trucks will be located on the grassy lot located on the 200 block of Tarboro Street.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet visitors in the Whirligig Park near the sledding area. Food trucks will also be located at the park.
All Wilson Downtown Development Corporation activities are free to the public, but some partner activities may have a charge. Food and drink area available for purchase at downtown restaurants in addition to the food trucks.
From Small Business Saturday (Nov. 30) through Candyland Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 7, shoppers will receive one ticket for every $10 purchase at a participating downtown business. The ticket will enter the purchaser into a drawing for a basket valued at more than $1,000 in holiday-themed prizes, including cash.
On Dec. 7, five random tickets will offer shoppers an additional chance to win a #downtownturnaround prize pack of a Silipint 16-ounce, tie-died tumbler, a silicon dog bowl and a T-shirt.
For more information about Candyland Christmas, call the Historic Downtown Wilson offices at 252-399-2228.
Saturday, Dec. 7
10 a.m.: Miss Wilson sings | Whirligig Park
10 a.m.: Cookie decorating workshop | Edna Boykin Cultural Center (requires preregistration at the Arts Council, 252-291-2489)
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Santa and Mrs. Claus | Whirligig Park
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Nonprofit booths | Whirligig Park
1-9 p.m.: Holiday movie | Boykin Center
1-3 p.m.: Children’s crafts with the Arts Council of Wilson | WhirligigPark
1-3 p.m.: Meet and greet with “Grinch” characters from Hunter’s Dance Studio | Whirligig Park
2 p.m.: Children’s storytime | Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
2:15-4 p.m.: Santa and Mrs. Claus | Whirligig Park
3 p.m.: Library storytime and craft | Wilson County Public Library
4 p.m.: Girl Scout Troop 127’s annual Cookie Walk fundraiser | Dance Studio B
5-9 p.m.: Snow and sledding | Whirligig Park
6-7 p.m.: “Light Up Wilson” tree lighting | Courthouse Plaza
7-9 p.m.: Imagination Station | free entrance to the museum
7-9 p.m.: Light Show/Glow Party | Courthouse Plaza