LUMBERTON — Those looking to get in the Christmas spirit now that Thanksgiving has passed will have a menu of opportunities this weekend.
Lumberton and Fairmont will hold Christmas tree lighting events on Friday, and the next day there will be Christmas parades in Marietta and St. Pauls.
Lumberton’s Christmas tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. at the downtown plaza. The evening’s festivities will include entertainment from local gospel artist Brett Grubbs, and free hay and horse-and-carriage rides that will be offered throughout the night. There will be hot cocoa, cookies, hot dogs and other food for purchase.
After the event, the holiday classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be shown at the Historic Carolina Civic Center for free.
The Lumberton downtown plaza is located at 111 E. Third St.
Also at 6 p.m., Fairmont will hold Christmas on Main at 6 p.m. with a Christmas tree lighting and singing in Fairmont Community Park. After the lighting, there will be a “twilight parde” featuring wheeled units covered in lights.
At 7:30 p.m., soloists Lauren Miller and Junior Miss Lumbee Anna Grace Hunt-Junio will perform inside the Heritage Center. Also performing will be the drama teams from Cape Fear Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, and choruses from Rosenwald and Long Branch elementary schools.
The hour-long event will include face-panting, a visit from Santa Claus and hot chocolate.
The town of Marietta and the White House Volunteer Fire Department’s 31st annual Christmas Parade takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday. There will be food, entertainment, a raffle and an auction.
The St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce’s annual parade starts at 3 p.m. Saturday.