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Christmas season kicks off in Hamlet

Hamlet lit its tree in Main Street Park Monday evening. See more photos in the gallery below.
William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

HAMLET — The Christmas season kicked off Monday evening with the annual tree lighting ceremony in the Seaboard City.

After the tree was lit in Main Street Park, many made their way across the road to the Hamlet Depot, where hot chocolate was being served outside. The Hamlet Fire Department’s antique engine sat in front, covered in lights.

Inside, a conductor welcomed families into the rotunda — with the 2004 animated film “Polar Express” playing on the TV — as they waited in line to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for kids to rattle off their wishes. One boy even brought his hand-written list, which Mrs. Claus tucked inside her pocket.

Each child was given a jingle bell and a bagged gift.

At the end of the event, a Hamlet fireman told Santa — within earshot of City Manager Matthew Christian — that he wanted a new fire truck.

Museum Director Mechelle Preslar said the turnout was greater than expected.

Hamlet still has two more holiday events on the schedule: the Christmas Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. Dec. 9; and Olde Fashioned Christmas on Hamlet Avenue, slated for 4-7 p.m. on Dec. 11.


Rockingham will hold its tree-lighting ceremony Tuesday at 7 p.m. — with Santa arriving at the gazebo at 5 p.m.

Ellerbe’s tree-lighting will be 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3; and Dobbins Heights, Hoffman and Norman are all holding theirs at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6. Dobbins Heights is also sponsoring sleigh rides for families from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 21.


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