DAVIDSON – A town will come alive with lights, music and holiday spirit Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.
The 2018 edition of Christmas in Davidson again lets local businesses and organizations showcase themselves through food, arts and crafts and music from 6-9 p.m. each day. Up and down Main Street, attendees can ride on a trolley, start Christmas shopping and take a walk through the Holiday Village on the Village Green.
Though Jennifer Brule opened Davidson Ice House in March, she first started serving her culinary creations at last year’s event, when the local chef had already signed the lease for her restaurant space on South Main.
“When our family moved here we were just blown away at the unique quality of the whole event,” Brule said. “It’s just such a beautiful couple of days.”
Last year she served pimento cheese bites and, as of Nov. 16, was deciding between the bites and cups of soup to offer pedestrians.
Brule has been attending Christmas in Davidson for eight years and said it reminds her of the way certain European countries celebrate the holiday season.
“Germanic Europeans really know how to do Christmas – it’s not an afterthought,” said Brule, who lived in Zurich, Switzerland and Manchester, England, prior to moving to Lake Norman.
Ice House offerings will be joined on the buildings’ porch by 7 String Theory performing the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and holiday favorites via electric violins.
“It’s really cool music,” Brule said. “We’re excited they’re coming back.”
Other music can be enjoyed at Courtyard Massage & Wellness, House of Music and outside Raeford’s Barber Shop as well as from a strolling group of Victorian carolers.
For the Rev. Anthony Davis of Reeves Temple AME Zion Church, Christmas in Davidson is not only about bringing the community together but reviving a historic building as well.
The property of Reeves Temple AME Zion Church is home to the Lingle Hut, an 86-year-old building on Watson Street that the church has plans of renovating.
To help raise funds for the project, the church will be selling baked goods and offering free apple cider. Of the $20,000 goal, Davis said the church has raised $12,000-13,000 for the hut, which will be “lit up with decorations” for Christmas in Davidson.
“It’s a way for the community and church to come together,” Davis said, noting Davidson’s racial divide historically. “I thought it was a great idea to get together to find ways of moving forward.”
Though the inside of Lingle Hut is not accessible, the church itself will be open for prayer. Previous fundraisers include fish fries and other community events.
“People can give a penny up to what they can give,” Davis said.
Back on Main Street, carriage rides cost $10 and can be accessed in front of town hall. People can sign up for a time and pay online at the event’s website. The rides begin at 6 p.m. with the last ones departing at 8:45 p.m.
With part of Main Street closed, trolleys will use three routes to take people to downtown. One runs along Griffith and Jackson streets, one from west of Interstate 77 to Jackson and anther from River Run running along Concord Road.
The Village Green is home to a host activities, including the opening ceremony from Mayor Rusty Knox, music from Langtree Charter Academy, the Doggie Fashion Show and a performance by Motion Dance.