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Christmas events are planned all day in downtown Wilson Saturday.
Candyland Christmas will include activities for the whole family including visits with Santa, holiday movies and the lighting of the courthouse Christmas tree.
One of the day’s highlights will be snow and sledding at the Whirligig Park for kids ages 6 and up from 5 to 9 p.m.
“We are so excited to bring snow sledding to Historic Downtown Wilson,” Susan Kellum, downtown marketing and communications coordinator for Historic Downtown Wilson, said an interview for Wide Awake Wilson. “We in Wilson Downtown Development have been trying to bring this vendor to Wilson for the past four years, and the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park seems to have been the key to finally getting them here.”
There will be a play space for chaperoned children ages 12 and under in the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park that will feature, in addition to the two lanes of sledding, constantly refreshed snow for making snow angels, snow balls and basic “snow frolicking.”
Featured again this year is the hop-on, hop-off holiday wagon that will take riders to various events and shops in the downtown area.
Organizers had announced earlier that a Ferris wheel would be returning. But, according to Kellum, the Ferris wheel is broken and the part to fix it is not readily available.
“It is being replaced with an umbrella car ride for the little ones in the tax office parking lot at Nash and Tarboro Streets along with Face Off face-painting.
“We are also bringing back the Berry-Go-Round that will be at the grassy lot on Tarboro Street (Candy Castle Commons) along with the Carnival Train, a castle bounce house and an inflatable obstacle course.”
Food trucks will be located on the corner of Tarboro and Nash streets (Candy Cane Corners) as well as inflatables.
More food trucks will be located on the grassy lot located on the 200 block of Tarboro Street.
Food trucks will also be located at Whirligig Park.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet visitors in the Whirligig Park near the sledding area from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:15 to 4 p.m.
All Wilson Downtown Development Corp. activities are free to the public, but some partner activities may have a charge. Food and drink will be available for purchase at downtown restaurants in addition to the food trucks.
In addition to downtown shops, there will also be pop-up shops. Wilson Downtown Development and the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park will be set up under the park pavilion for holiday gift shopping with the original Wil’t’son and #downtownturnaround T-shirts, umbrellas, silicon tumblers and foldable pet bowls and Whirligig Park T-shirts, posters, tote bags, pillow and other merchandise. Also, festive light-up necklaces, wands and headbands will be sold.
The N.C. Whirligig Festival will have festival merchandise for sale on Tarboro Street across from the grassy lot. The Arts Council of Wilson gift shop at the Boykin Center has selections from local artists.
Candyland Christmas is presented by Wilson Downtown Development and sponsored by Greenlight Community Broadband and Wilson Energy.