Posted on 30 November 2012.
Santa posed on Engine No. 2 just before the festival’s start Thursday. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
Santa Claus climbed onto the old Davidson Engine No. 2, the siren sounded, and Thursday just before 6pm they headed to the Village Green to kick off the 25th annual Christmas in Davidson. Thousands of people from Davidson, surrounding towns, Charlotte and beyond strolled along Main and South Main streets taking in the sights and sounds of the season.
More photos by DavidsonNews.net’s Brenda Barger and David Boraks below.
Davidson College cheerleaders welcomed visitors to the college bookstore on North Main. (Brenda Barger/DavidsonNews.net)
Christmas in Davidson continues Friday and Saturday nights from 6-9, with carriage rides, vendors and entertainment on the Village Green, skating at South Main Square and Santa holding court at the public library.
Friday night’s events include an amazing variety of music worthy of a music crawl, an open house at the WDAV-FM radio studios on North Main Street, and the Doggie Fashion Show on the Village Green.
Still to come Saturday is the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade at 1pm, and more fun at Christmas in Davidson downtown, including Saturday night’s Ugly Sweater Contest.
Read more about this year’s festival in our Nov. 28 preview, “25 years of Christmas in Davidson, celebrating community.”
Also, don’t forget to vote for your favorite tree and help out local nonprofits in the Davidson Rotary’s annual tree decorating contest at the north end of the Village Green. You also can vote in the Gingerbread House contest at the Copeland House, on North Main. They’ve got houses in a variety of youth and adult categories.
CHRISTMAS IN DAVIDSON GALLERY
The Four Coursemen strolled Main Street and visited shops singing their famous barbershop quartet tunes. From left Ed Palmer, Dennis Appleyard, Durwin Striplin and Dave Grant. (Brenda Barger/DavidsonNews.net)
The Soda Shop offered hot dogs and other fare. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
Nutcrackers on display in the Community Room of the library. (Brenda Barger/DavidsonNews.net)
Mrs. Santa Claus read to the children at Allen Tate Realty. (Brenda Barger/DavidsonNews.net)
Andrea Misenheimer joined her husband, police Sgt. Scott Misenheimer, enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas in Davidson. (Brenda Barger/DavidsonNews.net)
Elaine McArn showed off tea cozies at The Needlecraft Center. (Brenda Barger/DavidsonNews.net)
Christmas packages made a wonderful bonnet for Karen Toney. (Brenda Barger/DavidsonNews.net)
Gingerbread House entries in the Copeland House contest. Stop by and vote for your favorite on North Main Street. (Brenda Barger/DavidsonNews.net)
Horse-drawn carriages passed on Main Street. Rides were 25 percent off Thursday night, as organizers said thanks to Davidson residents for their hospitality during 25 years of the festival. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
Carolers sang on North Main Street. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net)
Three year old Nolan Pratt, son of Tim and Erika Pratt of Huntersville, wants a “police car!” (Brenda Barger/DavidsonNews.net)
First time Santa visitor, Georgia Veleke (3), daughter of Michael and Jenny Veleke of Huntersville, has Barbie dolls and a bike on her list. (Brenda Barger/DavidsonNews.net)
One of the horse-drawn carriages lost a wheel Friday night. The town spokeswoman also said another horse got sick during the event. Other than that, Night 1 was smooth sailing. (Lyndsay Kibiloski/DavidsonNews.net)