Walnut Cove tree lighting
The annual Walnut Cove Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Friday, Dec. 7 in Fowler Park at dusk, around 5:30 p.m. The park is located in front of the Walnut Cove Public Library.
The tree lighting is part of the “Walnut Cove Old-Fashioned Christmas” event, and some merchants plan to stay open until 7:30 p.m. downtown in conjunction with the event. There will be light refreshments, including hot chocolate, at the tree lighting. Bruce Burgess will perform between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. A small train will be provided by Brinkley Entertainment, which will provide rides through the park to children and adults for a nominal fee.
Santa Claus will also be present to take pictures with children. The cost is $5 or a donation of four non-perishable items — preferably toiletries or pet food. The monetary donation will go to Inspire Stokes County and the non-perishable items will go to East Stokes Outreach Ministry.
The King Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an extended hours shopping night this Friday, Dec. 7, from 5-9 p.m. Abba’s Family Thrift Store in the King Shopping Center, Badcock Home Furniture at Colony Centre, and Miss Fitz and Jones and Jones Jewelers in Five Forks Village will be open late. In the downtown area, Dalton’s Crossing, Gentry’s Store, Terry’s Furniture, Nothing Ordinary Unique Gifts, B.J.’s Shoes, Coffee Tea & Me and Joanna Elizabeth will be open.
Nothing Ordinary will feature early sales and a door prize, Joanna Elizabeth will have a 50 percent off sale, and Skip Staples will provide live music at Coffee, Tea & Me. Vendors in the Chamber office will offer some special gift options including selections of teas, dip and scone mixes from Tealightfully Yours; handcrafted jewelry by Beth Holcomb; Mary Kay cosmetics; and homemade jams from Plum Granny Farms.
For the automotive enthusiast, O’Reilly Auto Parts will offer gift suggestions and service during the extended hours, and for those who wish to fashion a one-of-a-kind gift, Papanana’s in Retail Circle near Highway 66 will be open that evening with crafting supplies.
Walnut Cove parade
The annual Walnut Cove Christmas Parade is set to take place on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and will take its traditional route through downtown. Parade Chairman Arzelle Montgomery said there will be no major changes to the parade this year. Food and craft vendors will be located downtown.