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Christmas is coming, and while Scotch Hall offers its share of beautiful decor and Christmas cheer, you may find that you want to head into Edenton to enjoy some of the season’s festivities. Here are some of the highlights of Christmas season in Edenton.
Destination Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony
Edenton’s historic downtown is an excellent place to do some shopping for festive holiday gifts. Kick off the Christmas season right by visiting on Friday, December 5 for the annual tree lighting ceremony. Watch as Downtown Edenton comes alive with beautiful Christmas lights and the lovely decor of the Town Tree. Santa will be there for kids to enjoy, and the Albemarle Sounds will be caroling through the crowd. You can also enjoy a children’s train ride and a variety of Christmas goodies on display. Plan to stick around after the ceremony for some shopping. The Town Tree is located at South Broad Street at the monument.
Rocky Hock Opry Christmas Concert
After the tree lighting, head over to Swain Auditorium for the Rocky Hock Opry Christmas Concert. This annual holiday event brings together classic Southern Christmas music in a live performance that is fun for the entire family. the performances will be held Friday and Saturday December 5 and 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic James Iredell House’s Annual Holiday Groaning Board
Each December, the James Iredell House offers a EdeChristmas Tour and groaning board celebration. The “groaning board” is a feast with a table so full that the boards actually groan. The James Iredell House was once home to James Iredell, George Washington’s appointee to the Supreme Court and one of the leaders of Colonial America.
Throughout the Holiday Groaning Board tour, you will be able to explore the grounds of the historic home, which are decorated floor-to-ceiling with period Christmas decor, while tasting holiday refreshments and hearing period music. After you are done touring the house, head to the 1827 Bandon Kitchen to see a chocolate making demonstration and taste a historic hot chocolate drink. The event, which runs from 1 until 5 p.m., is free, but you may have to pay for some of the food and experiences.
Which of these holiday events is on your “to do” list this year? No matter which one you choose, you will be filled with holiday cheer as a result!