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Downtown Fayette is the place to be on Saturday, with an all-day kickoff of the Christmas season. Entertainment for the whole family is scheduled throughout the day, culminating with the annual …
Downtown Fayette is the place to be on Saturday, with an all-day kickoff of the Christmas season. Entertainment for the whole family is scheduled throughout the day, culminating with the annual Christmas parade, a magic tree lighting, a visit from Santa Claus, and a special light show around the courthouse.
Dubbed the “Fayette Festival of Lights,” the Christmas celebration is sponsored by Fayette Main Street, Inc. Things kick off with a country vendor fair at Fayette High School beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running until 2:30 p.m. Nearly all other events will take place downtown around the square.
Sheep Dog Creations on the south side of the downtown square will host Santa Claus from 10 a.m. until noon. The popular Kids Market will host a special event from 2 until 4 p.m. at Tricky Fish Community Hall on South Main Street. The marketplace for young Howard County entrepreneurs regularly runs through the summer months on the east side of the courthouse.
Music and entertainment are promised throughout the day on the courthouse lawn from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. From 3 to 5:30 p.m., the mean old Grinch will make an appearance at Remedy IV & Nutrition on South Main Street.
Once the sun goes down, downtown Fayette will light up. The ever-expanding Hometown Christmas Lighted Cruise Parade is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. The event has grown bigger and better, with more participants over the last two years. Following the parade, Fayette will light up its very own Magic Tree. More than 5,000 lights will illuminate the south side of the courthouse lawn. The tree will be lit every night from December 3 through New Year’s Eve until 10 p.m.
Once again, children will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him their Christmas wishes. The man in red will be on the bandstand following the parade.
New this year will be the Festival of Lights. Christmas lights have been strung on all four sides of the courthouse, which will be synced to music. Light shows will run all month long from 6 until 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 6 until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
In addition, horse-drawn carriage rides will take place Saturday nights downtown.
Taking place elsewhere in Fayette on Saturday will be the Holiday Homes Tour and annual Sparkle in the Park, which runs through the month of December in the Fayette City Park. Around a dozen displays will light up the park each night from 5 until 10 p.m.
Saturday’s Festival of Lights will be a great time to patronize Fayette businesses and restaurants while enjoying a family-friendly, small-town celebration.
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