Festival welcomes Santa Claus to town

November 29, 2016 by  

The Gastonia Winter Festival is taking place next month on Main Avenue.

The main event will be the Christmas parade hosted by the Gaston County Jaycees. The theme this year is ‘Christmas in the City’.

The parade will travel along Main Avenue and will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. There will be marching bands, entertainers and floats, and of course an appearance by Santa Claus. Organizers are taking applications for those who wish to participate in the parade. Fees are $30 for a nonprofit organization, $160 for business, and $850 for a float. Taking part in the parade may offer a way for local businesses or organizations to show their support for the community.

Both before and after the parade visitors can visit the Christmas village from 1:00 until 9:00 pm. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities taking place. One highlight will be Keep Gastonia Beautiful’s Christmas Tree Lighting, beginning at 6:30 pm.

People who wish to take part in the Gastonia parade will no doubt be investing in printed items such as banners and signs to let spectators know who they represent.

The Gastonia Winter Festival will take place at Main Avenue and W. Main Avenue on December 4 from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. To find out more information about the planned activities, or to register to participate in the parade, contact the Gaston County Jaycees at 704-868-2058.