Horse & Buggy Rides, Mocksville Christmas Parade This Weekend – Holiday Events Roundup!

By Jeanna Baxter White

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Mocksville has made the “nice list” with its range of holiday activities sure to delight “kids from 1 to 92.”

Mark your calendars now because you won’t want to miss a single event!

Horse & Buggy Rides — Friday, December 6th, 6-8 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas season with horse & buggy rides beginning and ending in downtown Mocksville.  Rides will start and end on West Depot Street in downtown Mocksville and will cost $5 per person. Children under 5 ride for free.

A Promise of Christmas – Friday, December 6th, 6 – 8:30 p.m. – Cost $60
Put on your best tacky Christmas sweater and get in the holiday spirit while supporting a great cause! Family  Promise of Davie County invites you to support the Promise of Christmas gala at The Farm at Oak Hill on December 6th from 6-8:30 p.m. The evening will consist of catered food, beer/wine bar, a DJ, a tacky Christmas sweater contest, a silent auction, and a decorated tree live auction.

This event helps raise the funds necessary to continue providing day and night shelter, transportation, intensive case management, and follow-up support for families. Come out, get your decorated Christmas tree, and give back to your community!

Family Promise of Davie County (FPDC) is a nonprofit organization that provides temporary shelter and comprehensive supportive services to children and their families experiencing homelessness.  It utilizes a community-based response through a partnership of faith-based congregations who use their facilities and organized volunteers to provide overnight shelter and food.

Contact Lisa Foster at 336-284-4200 or lfoster@familypromisedc.org with any questions related to tickets, sponsorships, or the event as a whole.

Hometown Christmas Parade — Saturday, December 7th, 2 p.m.
Free event. The holidays just wouldn’t be complete without the annual Hometown Christmas Parade, a beloved tradition that has been charming young and old for decades.  This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, December 7th at 2 p.m., rain or shine. This year’s theme is “Home for the Holidays.”

The parade will feature everything from walking groups, performers, horseback riders, single vehicles to full-blown floats, candy for the kids, and of course, Santa Claus. The parade will depart from Rich Park and will travel down Main Street, turn left on Depot Street, and end at Railroad Street where dismantling will begin.

Find Your Parade Seat Early and do a Little Christmas Shopping on Saturday!
Several downtown merchants will be hosting annual holiday open houses with refreshments and store specials. They would love to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone.

Christmas at the Brock – Saturday, December 7th, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy a free holiday concert of your favorite Christmas melodies on Saturday, December 7th from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Brock Performing Arts Center. Sponsored by the Davie County Arts Council, the concert will feature Tommy Dunn, Mona Jo Griffin and Friends, Kevin Jasper, Tabernacle United Church of Christ, Tess and the Black & Blues, and some very special guests from the North Pole.

The Brock Performing Art Center is located at 622 N. Main Street in Mocksville. For more information visit http://daviearts.org

Community Christmas Festival – WinMock Barn – Sunday, December 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Free Event. Come and join the community at the beautiful, historic WinMock barn to start off the Advent season with a fun night of fellowship! Sponsored by the Church of the Good Shepherd in East Davie, there will be plenty of Christmas crafts and games, seasonal desserts and beverages, and a special reading of the Christmas story followed by the classic carols we all know and love. All ages are welcome, and there is no cost for admission. Donations will be accepted for victims of Hurricane Dorian.

WinMock is located at 168 E. Kinderton Way, in Bermuda Run. For more information call Kelly O’Sullivan at 336.407.2369 or visit http://goodshepherdbermudarun.org

Free Family Movie Night — Home Alone — Friday, December 13th, 6 – 8 p.m.
Bring your family & friends, a warm blanket, and your favorite movie snack to Downtown Mocksville’s Main Street Park for a free outdoor showing of Home Alone on Friday, December 13th, at 6 p.m. The movie is rated PG and is 1 hour and 43 minutes long.

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence and that he alone must protect the family home.

A parent or guardian is required to stay with children during the movie.

Mocksville Movies in the Park are sponsored by the Davie County Library and the Town of Mocksville.

Advance Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 14th, 10 a.m – noon
Free event. Grab some hot chocolate and enjoy the festivities at the 25th Advance Christmas parade presented by the Advance Fire Department.

All parade participants must line up before 9 a.m. Floats and trailers will meet in the LeBleu parking lot located at 3134 Cornatzer Rd., Advance, NC 27006. All classic cars, fire trucks, motorcycles, horses and other parade participants will meet in the parking lot of Shady Grove Elementary School located at 3179 Cornatzer Rd. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the school and follows Cornatzer Road, turning right onto Highway 801 and left on Peoples Creek Road.

Registration is FREE and can be done on-site at arrival.

Fun in the Park and Downtown Hayrides! — Saturday, December 14th, 12 – 4 p.m., 6-8 p.m.
Free event. After the Advance Christmas Parade head to Downtown Mocksville for Fun in the Park from noon – 4 p.m. There will be inflatables for the kids, Make a Gift at merchants, a petting zoo and more at the Main Street Park.

While you are downtown, browse the unique boutiques and shops. Our merchants are ready to help you with your gift list.  After a full day of fun, rest and relax at one of the delicious eateries.

Round out the evening with a good old-fashioned hayride through downtown and enjoy the festive holiday spirit! The free hayrides will run from 6-8 p.m. and start and end at Sadie’s Boutique located at 185 N. Main Street.

Piedmont Firefighters Pipes and Drums – Friday, December 20th, 6 – 7 p.m.
Free event. The Piedmont Firefighters Pipes & Drums will be strolling through the downtown Mocksville area on Friday, December 20th from 6 – 7 p.m.  You’ll hear the beautiful and joyful sounds of bagpipes and drums – perfect for a Christmas celebration!

“We are Piedmont Firefighters Pipes and Drums, carrying on the tradition of Irish/Scottish heritage,” says their Facebook page. The band is composed of firefighters, law enforcement, paramedics, public safety personnel and civilians from Forsyth, Yadkin, Davidson and surrounding counties.”

A Day with Santa & Mrs. Claus – Saturday, December 21st, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Free event. Hey kids! Bring your letters to Santa and Mrs. Claus – they’ll be in downtown Mocksville at Main Street Park to take them personally! We’ll also have an ice sculpture demonstration with Chef Al Romand and you can feed the reindeer! PLEASE BRING A NEW TOY DONATION FOR THE TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM!

Davie Community Band & Christmas Tunes – Saturday, December 21st, 6 – 8 p.m.
Free event. Enjoy the sounds of the season as the Davie Community Band strolls through the downtown area.

Unless otherwise noted, for information about the Mocksville Christmas events please contact Tami Langdon at the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority, (336) 753-6705, or email tlangdon@mocksvillenc.gov.