HUNTERSVILLE – The Town of Huntersville turns into a winter wonderland, complete with food, entertainment and a Ferris wheel, for its annual A Huntersville Christmas festival.

The festival will be preceded by an inaugural tree lighting at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Town Center Plaza. Festivities include music, games, hot cocoa, Christmas elves and K104.7 broadcasting live from the event.

A Huntersville Christmas will follow 4-8 p.m. Dec. 14 in downtown.

The community is asked to bring unwrapped toys for the Huntersville Police Department’s toy drive, as well as books for the Community of Huntersville Education Collaborative’s book drive.

The town will also offer a chance to skate in an ice rink 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 13, 4-8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 15. Skate rentals cost $6.

 

Festival attractions

• North Pole: Visit with Santa Claus, face painting, Santa’s elves, balloon creations and letters to Santa.

• Winter Wonderland: Ice rink, polar express, Ferris wheel, photo booth, rapid slide, magic show (5 and 6:30 p.m.) and live entertainment.

• Candy Cane Lane: Storytime with Mrs. Claus, merry-go-round, bounce house and Huntersville Police Department.

• Santa’s Workshop: Pony cart ride, DJ and holiday shopping.

• Food options: Café 100; Lupies; Mama Mia’s; and food trucks KO, Manucci’s, Maryland Crab Co., Southern Cake Queen and Funnel Cakes (Creative Catering).

 

Entertainment schedule (Dec. 14)

• 4 p.m. – Mayor Jill Swain

• 4:05 p.m. – Huntersville Elementary School Chorus

• 4:35 p.m. – Blythe Elementary Chorus

• 4:55 p.m. – Terpsicore’s

• 5:10 p.m. – Empowerment Church

• 5:30 p.m. – Christmas carolers

• 6:00 p.m. – Terpsicore’s

• 6:05 p.m. – St. Mark’s Chorus

• 6:30 p.m. – Grand Central dance

• 6:55 p.m. – Terpsicore’s

• 7 p.m. – To be determined

• 7:40 p.m. – Christmas carolers

 

Parking

Parking will be available at the following locations:

• Huntersville Elementary School, 200 Gilead Road.

• Huntersville Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Old Statesville Road.

• First Baptist Church of Huntersville, 121 N. Old Statesville Road.

• Town Center Parking Garage (Gilead Road entrance only), 105 Gilead Road.