Kinston Christmas Lights: it’s much more than just pretty. 

The population of Natchitoches, LA is similar to Kinston but their historic downtown is tiny in comparison. The historic residential area surrounding their downtown is all B&Bs. Their commercial spaces are leased and business is good. But they do not have the industry that Kinston has and the closest metropolitan or other areas of any size are 50 to 100 miles away. 

Each year Natchitoches hosts a spectacular season-long holiday of lights and fireworks. From Thanksgiving to New Years they enjoy the economic vitality brought by 100,000 visitors. One must have B&B, Inn, or nearby hotel reservations a year in advance. Wouldn’t that be nice for us? 

Kinston and Lenoir County will benefit from Pride of Kinston’s similar tourism-based economic development proposal with our Kinston Christmas. 

But there is more. The programmable LED lights along the river from King St to Pearson Park means not only that we can change the colors of the lights from an iPhone for each holiday during the year, but they can also illuminate with white light. 

Imagine driving into town across the King St bridge. At the moment all we see is darkness. With lights, we create a very welcoming excitement with a special gateway entry of trees along the river up-lit from below and the lights reflecting in the water. 

Now think about all the people living in the surrounding area and all the guests and families who visit over the holidays. They will all want to see the lights in downtown Kinston. They will also be shopping and eating in our downtown as well as occupying our hotels and doing other business throughout Lenoir County.

The goal is to eventually grow it to include the Nature Center with both an automobile and wagon trails holiday lighting experience. 

Meanwhile, to start as proposed it must be impressive to be impactful and each year we will add a bit more. 

Help us reach our goal of $40k to make this a reality for this holiday season. It is good for all of us and together we can do it. Your contributions are tax deductible. Make yours at www.DowntownKinston.com today.

The following have let their light shine. Thank you for your generous donations!

Emma Godmere

Jacob Turner

Anonymous Angel

Clifton Rouse

Mary Whaley

Gordon Kelley

Manasi Gahlot

Amber Hargett

Felicia Solomon

Frances Squires

Becky Whittington - Just Add Salt

Jimmy Parks

Matthew Young

Richard Bogan

Sue Ellen J Maddux

Jeffrey Davis

Patricia Jones - ERA

Lucy Whaley

J Lane & Family

David Edwards - Realtor

Ginger Dixon

Emmy Holloman

Paula Merrit

James and Whitney Grady

Teigha Randolph

Joni McRae

Fly Exclusive

Hightower Communications

Scott Crocker

Carol Stein

Scott Matthews Cosmetic & Family Dentistry/ Heather Matthews

Bo Hobbs

Suzanne Gallaher

Edwards Funeral Home & Cremations

Linda S Carey

Jane & Warren Brothers

Elizabeth Wooten in honor of Robin

Charlene Turner

Robin Whitfield

Sophie Bowen

Teresa O'Neal

Terry Light

Raina Thrower

Jon Clemmons

Emily Elmore

Marion & Dr. Charles Classen

Diane Meeks

Betty Ann Lorah

Caroline Roberts

Joey Bryan

Donna Kennedy

The Herlong Family

Mike Haddad

Seraphim Smith

Dr. Pradeep Arumugham

Ginger Knott Johnson

ERA of Downtown Kinston - Jess Edwards

Kenneth Blizzard

Cindy & John Archie

Steve Lovick

Mother Earth Brewing – Stephan Hill

Wallace, Morris, Barwick, Landis & Stroud, P.A.

Danny Rice family

Rob Bizzell - Realo Drugs

Ben Knight - Vivian Howard Restaurant Group

Joe Hargitt - Kings Restaurant


James & Rebecca Perry

UNC Lenoir Health Care

Heather Shaw Mintz, Dolph Mintz

Maidred & Reginald Stroud

Allison and Angie Jones - Copy Pro

Christopher M. Segal

Ned & Susan Grady - Ned Grady Realty, LLC

Keith Thompson - Allstate

Judy Jones - Allstate

Issac & Linda Hines

County Commissioner J Mac & Deborah Daughety

Anonymous Angel

Jacques Passailaigue - Managed Print Solutions

Dawn G. Stroud

June Cummings

Kevin M. Zoltek

Kosinski Family

Leraine H. Tolston - Queen St Deli

Paul & Debbie Chused

Kelly & Alice Tingle

Lois Pressly

Bruce Ziegler

Carolyn Roberts

Janet & Bruce Parson in memory of Shirley Herring

Michael and Cynthia Dunn

Mary Page Whitley

Carolyn Fletcher

Christine Zoller

Brandon Potter

William Page

Dunn & Dalton

John & Lucy Marston

John & Brenda Canup

Waylon Adams – Alsco

Leon Steele

Lara & Matt Tribula

Brantly & Eugenia Briley

Larry & Deborah Brassine - ERA

Melvin & Deborah Hood

Little Miss Palmer

In memory of Jimmy & Geri Capps

Staff of Capps Trailers

Dan Sale

Blizzard Contract & Design

Jim & Tracy Capps

Beauty Box

Frances & Greg Theodorakis

Chris Humphrey

Suzanne Ballard

Glenn Batten

Joanie Babcock

Jasmine Jones

Judge Lucy Inman

Betty Deveau