November 18, 2014

The Eighth Holly Day Celebration Set to kick off Dec. 2, 2014

Shopping for the 2014 holiday season kicks off in earnest Dec. 2, 2014 when the eighth annual Holly Day Celebration on the Neuse lights up Kinston’s downtown.

As announced earlier, the annual event takes on a new day-long flavor this year beginning with a Holly Day Taste of Kinston at one of downtown’s newest businesses, Sweetiepies Cupcakery.


Sweetiepies Cupcakery to host 7:30 am Holly Day Taste of Kinston on December 2nd, 2014, to kick off the 8th annual Holly Day Celebration in downtown Kinston.


7:30 AM: Early shoppers are invited to stop by Sweetiepies at 211 N. Herritage for a cupcake and coffee to get in the mood for the season.

8:30 AM: Overland Gallery at 125 W. Blount featuring works by a galaxy of outstanding artists opens for arts aficionados looking for a special gift for a loved one or home. The gallery is offering a 20% storewide discount for the early shopper.

10:00 AM: Herritage Landing and Queen Street merchants open their doors for Holly Day shoppers.

11:30 AM: For the first time, historic Harmony Hall at 109 E. King Street joins the fun with a Holly Day luncheon featuring shrimp and grits, ham biscuits, dessert, tea or water. (Reservations/tickets required. See flyer.)

3:00 PM: Santa makes an early visit to Kinston when he stops by Sweetiepies Cupcakery (211 N. Herritage) to check on Christmas hopes by area youngsters. Photo ops by photographer Brandon Potter will be offered, and live music to enliven the event will be performed by the RJ & Dylan band throughout the 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm party.

6:00 PM: Lighting the community Christmas tree on the Lenoir County courthouse lawn concludes the Holly Day on the Neuse celebration.

Local television personality Rick Vernon will emcee the party which has become a staple of downtown holiday events. Members of the Kinston High School band, the Boys and Girls Club Chorus and the Parrott Academy chorus will help light the tree. A special surprise performance is also anticipated.

When the courthouse tree lights up, it will trigger all the lights along the Queen Street holly trees.

Adding to the Holly Day flavor, local art students will be painting seasonal scenes on storefronts along Queen Street.

As the lights blaze to life on Dec. 2, 2014 , the Holly Day shopping season in Kinston’s downtown gets underway with business hopes for a prosperous season and sets the stage for the annual Christmas parade which steps off at 10:00 am Dec. 13, 2014.


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