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City of Hamlet Getting Into Holiday Spirit with Lineup of Seasonal Events

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Thornsbury.


HAMLET – The holiday season is fast approaching in Richmond County, and there will be many ways to celebrate in Hamlet this year.


From the lighting of the tree to Christmas on Main Street, there will be something for everyone.

After Thanksgiving, the holiday season in Hamlet starts with the lighting of the tree in Main Street Park. The tree lighting will be on November 27 and will feature music, live nativity, hot cocoa and celebration.

Following the tree lighting, Hamlet will have its annual Christmas Parade. The parade has a rich history in the community, as it’s been around for over 60 years. The parade will feature floats, music, dancers, vehicles and Miss North Carolina. The parade, as is tradition, ends with Santa’s float to wish the kids a Merry Christmas.

The parade is set for December 7 starting at 3:30 p.m. Floats for the parade are still available.

Old Fashioned Christmas is another tradition in Hamlet, celebrating its 10th year in 2017. On December 9, the festivities start on East Hamlet Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Patrons of Old Fashioned Christmas have the opportunity to meet Santa, sip hot cocoa, listen to music and ride on a horse-drawn carriage through the street.

The last holiday festivity will be on Main Street. The street will celebrate Old Fashioned Christmas a bit differently this year. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. on December 9. There will be Victorian carnival performers on the street, and elves manning a giant bubble machine.

Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase last-minute Christmas items in Main Street Park in the Holiday Bazaar. There will be food, gourmet popcorn, hot apple cider, and hot cocoa available throughout the event.


Children will also have the opportunity to make their own reindeer food at the reindeer food station. Reindeer food can then be used at home on Christmas Eve to ensure that the reindeers have something to eat while Santa delivers the gifts. Children will also get the opportunity to tell Santa all the things they dream of for Christmas.

For more information on any of these events or to purchase a float, please call the Hamlet Depot at 910-582-0603.

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