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HOLLY HILL - The annual Holly Hill Christmas Festival on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, featured a high-energy performance by the Original Tams, plenty of vendors with a variety of merchandise, lots of food choices and fun for the whole family.

On Friday, folks were treated to a beautiful day and evening, enjoying story time with the Holly Hill Library, the Christmas tree lighting, a live nativity scene and inspiring gospel music.

Saturday morning started with a long parade. Despite a misty drizzle already in the air and more rain to come, the weather didn't dampen the festive spirit of those who attended.

The procession included Mayor William Johnson and other local officials, many local churches and their floats, several area high schools, the Holly Hill Library, first responders and more. Santa Claus was featured in the parade as well, riding on one of the fire trucks.

The parade was a lively affair with marching chants from the Lake Marion JROTC, solid drum beats from the Dorchester Marching Band and the always amazing sounds of the South Carolina State University Marching 101 Band. Bringing up the rear were some classic cars and the sirens of emergency vehicles.

Due to the pending rain, the final event was moved to the Holly Hill Elementary School gymnasium, and what a great finale it was! The Original Tams put on a fantastic show supported by their backup band, the 14-K Band, who also performed on their own to open the show.

True to form, The Tams were as energetic and engaging as ever. The group's lead singer, Little Redd, constantly moved about the dance area and into the stands, mingling with the crowd while he sang and showed off some fancy footwork. Back on stage, the other members of The Tams were showing some pretty impressive moves as well and also occasionally ventured out into the audience.

Members of the audience at times danced along in a line with The Tams, obviously having a great time.

The Tams finished out the show with a couple of Christmas songs and then as their finale, “Love Train.” 

Little Redd thanked festival chair Teresa Hinnant for her efforts in putting together this year's Holly Hill Christmas Festival and also thanked everyone for being there.

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