Celebrating the Holiday Season in Downtown Kernersville
by Chris Comer
There is no better place than Kernersville at Christmas! It always offers many memories for you and your family to hold on to and cherish. It is the time of year when Blinkie Lights® begin to shine, hats and gloves are worn over lots of layers, and the sights and sounds of the holidays fill the air. Wonderful events are plenty; lots of laughter and fun can be heard all around.
Since the Farmer’s Almanac® and the Wooly Worm both agree that we will have below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation, we may just have a few white holiday weekends! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for a fantastic month that begins the last weekend of November.
Downtown is always beautiful; especially so when the wreaths are up, the stores are decorated in lights, and the star is atop the Pinnix Building. Driving through town makes me proud and gives me a great place to invite friends and family.
The day after Thanksgiving is commonly called “Black Friday”. What a great opportunity to buy gifts for those special people in your life. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, there will be weekly visits from Santa and his Elves, even Mrs. Claus on occasion, in addition to shopping. Come by the Kernersville Museum to meet Santa and hear readings from the Kernersville Little Theatre. This is a great time for everyone in the family. No matter your age, it is a feel good experience that continues to build childhood memories.
Downtown and Santa go hand in hand. Traditions of the USA, Sweden, Italy and more will be in full swing on December 6 for Christmas Around the World. Not only is this a great time to shop, but have fun with the entire family. The Little Blue Choo will be on hand to take you and your family on a mini train ride. It is a perfect way to get some shopping done, support local business, and enjoy the holiday season with your family.
Kernersville is rich in history. The Christmas Parade started in the early 1970’s and has continued to grow since then. School bands, fire trucks and church choirs; the parade carries a lot of tradition. Ivey Redmond tells it “the more industry that moves into town, the longer the parade has gotten”. You never know what you will see, but there may be a visit from the Rolling Hills Percherons, dance groups, school marching bands, and floats galore. There has even been a visit from Santa each year! Everyone gets into the spirit of the holidays. If you are not in the parade you are sure to know someone that is.
Prior to the parade is the Frosty 5K. The run is a fun way to start the excitement. The Christmas Parade runs the opposite direction as the Fourth of July Parade; from East Mountain to Kernersville Elementary School, there is a lot to see and admire. Group and float judging is held in front of the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. After the parade is the annual pancake supper at Kernersville Elementary School which is hosted by The Rotary Club.
Experience downtown this holiday season. Please visit www.DiscoverKernersville.com for more information. You do not have to leave this beautiful town to enjoy the fullness of the Holidays!
Kernersville at Christmas!
Each event is free, so bring the family.
• November 28: 5pm Santa and his Elves / Kernersville Little Theatre Reading at the Kernersville Museum
• December 6: Christmas Around the World / 3pm-7pm throughout Downtown
• December 7: Christmas Parade from East Mountain St. to Kernersville Elementary
• December 13: Körner’s Folly Candlelight Tour, S’mores at Giada’s Fire Pit
• December 20: Körner’s Folly Candlelight Tour, S’mores at Giada’s Fire Pit