A chill in the air has been forecast for this weekend’s "Christmas at the North Pole" in the town of North. So, bundle up and head for the North Town Pavilion to enjoy a day-long celebration of the Christmas season. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with the annual North Christmas Parade.
Suzanne Reed, chair of Christmas at the North Pole, said former professional football star and North native son Chartric "Chuck" Darby will lead the 50-unit holiday parade.
Darby graduated from North High School, where he was a four-year letterman and an All-State champion. After attending South Carolina State University, where he played for Coach Willie Jeffries, Darby played for the Barcelona Dragons (2000), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001-2004), the Seattle Seahawks (2005-2007) and the Detroit Lions (2008-2009). He won his Super Bowl XXXVII ring with the Buccaneers and played again in Super Bowl XL as a backup for the Seahawks.
Since then, Darby has devoted much of his time to helping promote the North football program and children’s physical fitness programs.
Following the parade, there will be children's games and raffles, ornament making, opportunities to visit with Santa, food and craft vendors and amazing local talent, Reed said.
The fun-filled day will culminate with the North Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Carol Singing at 5:30 p.m.
“Livingston United Methodist Church has really been generous. They have provided a number of toys for the free children’s raffles, and they will sponsor a game. We still have some $5 raffle tickets available for purchase prior to the event, but we will also have a number of $1 raffles on that day," Reed said.
"There will be over 35 vendors with food items for sale, and the committee’s tent will sell hot cocoa and coffee. There will be a number of carnival-type games with prizes and, of course, Santa will be available for photos and whispering your Christmas wishes,” she said.
Local entertainment, including performances by several church choirs, will be offered throughout the day, Reed said, noting that Christmas at the North Pole is designed for family fun and the opportunity to show Christ to the people of the North area.
Christmas at the North Pole Committee members, in addition to Reed, are North Town Councilman Daniel Jackson, Bridget Salley and Clarence Donaldson. Reed said there are many volunteers she would like to thank for their dedication and participation in planning the event. Anyone wishing to volunteer for the 2018 Christmas at the North Pole may sign up at the committee's tent on Saturday.
For more information, including how to purchase sponsor and memorial signs for the event, call North Town Hall or contact Reed through her Facebook page, Christmas at the North Pole, or via email at ChristmasAtTheNorthPoleSC@gmail.com.