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Lighting of Concord is Dec. 1

The Lighting of Concord is set for Friday, Dec. 1 with fun for the whole family, including food vendors, live entertainment, train and pony rides, Santa’s arrival via helicopter and shopping opportunities at The Mistletoe Market inside the Strickland Building.

The event is sponsored by the city of Concord and starts at 5:30 p.m. with crackling fireboxes for friends and family to enjoy together.

“The Friday week following Thanksgiving, the city of Concord sponsors The Lighting of Concord annual Christmas event. Held in the R.F. Strickland Building and along Main Street, this is a one-of-a-kind family gathering. Family, food, live music, and a visit with the jolly ole man himself, this event draws local folks and those from neighboring counties,” said mayor John Strickland. “Gather around crackling fireboxes with friends old and new, shop for that special someone at the Christmas bazaar or RF Strickland Company Mercantile, enjoy pony rides for the children and eat tasty treats along Main Street. Sing along with live entertainment! Santa’s photographer will be on site to capture that special moment with your child!”

Food vendors will include The Concord Cafe, Twisted Phillies, Coffee A GoGo, Pirate Nutrition and roasted corn and cotton candy.

The Mistletoe Market will include Glitter Tattoos by Sally Massengale, sweet treats from Pine Grove Baptist Church, cookies by Jessica Taylor, books provided by Pike Family Connection, children’s clothes by Saylar Clark, sweatshirts by Christian Willia, home baked sweet breads by Ann Brooks, Dirt Road DIY by Kristi Jacobs, crafts by Samantha Slone and wooden signs by Brandy Hatchett.

Entertainment will include the Pike County Elementary School chorus at 5:30 p.m. and the Pike County Junior Players at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

Santa will arrive at 6:30 p.m. via helicopter and will be in the Bank Room of the Strickland to visit with little boys and girls. Santa’s photographer will be onsite to capture that special moment with each child.

“This is a fast paced event, packed with lots of food, fun-filled festivities and family-style fellowship orchestrated to bring in the spirit of Christmas in sweet country style,” said city clerk Anita Neath.

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