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Town of Halifax to usher in holiday season with parade, open house, tree lighting

The Town of Halifax will begin celebrating the Christmas holiday with its Open House Weekend Friday-Sunday in downtown Halifax.

The annual children’s parade and tree lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday will kick off the festivities, said Marsha Hite, president of the Halifax Village Association. 

The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m., when children will pull their Christmas decorated wagons down the Main Street sidewalk led by Santa Claus himself. The parade will end at the Farmers Market where participants and parade goers will gather for the tree lighting ceremony.  

Following the ceremony an arts and craft activity will be held for the children, and Santa will be available for pictures. 

In the past, Hite said up to 25 children have come out to participate in the parade, and she is hoping for a bigger turnout this year.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, local business will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some stores participating in the open house include Garland’s Jewelry, Triangle Florist, Peddler’s Market, Cozy Cottage and The Pack House.  

During the festivities, Blessed Hope Church will conduct a food drive.

 Also on Saturday the Halifax Farmers Market will host its first annual holiday indoor market from 8 to noon. Vendors’ spaces for the market have sold out, and Town Manager Denise Barksdale anticipates over 30 vendors will be at the event.

Market-goers can expect to see vendors selling wood craft items, handmade jewelry, Sugar Body scrubs, fresh baked goods, holiday gift baskets, holiday candy, goat milk lotion and soap, kids’ books and games, sport-themed items, fresh wreaths and Tupperware.

Hudson Heritage Farms will have fresh meat available for sell, and the Halifax County Humane Society will be selling cookbooks. 

Bright Meadows Wine and Gifts and Scentsy Fragrance also will have booths at the market.

Hot chocolate and coffee will be available in the morning, and Farmers Market vendors will be outside selling goods from their farms. 

Open house for local businesses will continue on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., and Hite Insurance will be open that day.

Children also can enjoy a scavenger hunt in downtown Halifax. 

Downtown festivities will end later that day with the Halifax County Cancer Association luminary service being held at 5:30 p.m. at the Halifax County Courthouse.