NEWBERRY — Having grown up in downtown Newberry, Christmas holds a special place in my heart. Out-of-town friends and family have always said to me that I live in a “postcard town.” Well now, thanks to the hard work of our community Christmas tree volunteer, Joyce Vigus, extra volunteers, and the Christmas tree sponsors, Newberry being as “pretty as a postcard” is truer than ever.
This year’s tree is a gorgeous 20-foot, 500-pound Fraser Fir from Avery Farm’s in North Carolina, hand-picked for Newberry. This wonder of a tree will be sent on a journey from the North Carolina Mountains to town, arriving on Nov. 14.
Approximately 3,000 yards of gold garland, 5,000 multicolored LED lights, and clear twinkling lights for sparkle will don the magnificent tree. Life-size presents made and donated by Willingham’s and local artists will be placed in front of the tree, and a reinforced special red gift box will be placed in the center for the perfect spot for a “Kodak moment.”
In addition to the tree, expect to see downtown’s hall’s being decked over the coming weeks as we prepare for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony: Main Street Lights. New additions will be made to the Community Hall decorations, and Memorial Park will be receiving a new “sparkle.” Our LED figures will be maneuvered to new locations, to create small vignettes, or holiday scenes around downtown.
The Christmas tree will be lit and downtown’s new theme will be revealed at this year’s Main St. Lights on Nov. 22. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with shopping specials and street vendors, similar to what you’d see at Oktoberfest, and will continue into 6 p.m. for the tree lighting ceremony.
At 6 p.m., spectators will be serenaded by three of our local choruses as the tree is spectacularly lit. After the lighting, street performers will stand on corners playing your favorite Christmas tunes, as downtown remains open for perusing until 8 p.m.
At 8 p.m., cap off your evening at a free showing of the Polar Express movie in the Ritz Theater, provided by the Community Players. And don’t forget, our downtown merchants will be open during this time for their “Holiday Open House” starting on Thursday and continuing to Sunday evening. It’s going to be a bright and wonderful Christmas in downtown Newberry this holiday season.