Once again, more than 200,000 twinkling white lights will sparkle and light up the city’s Historic Courthouse Square, bringing the magic and nostalgia of the holidays, along with thousands of visitors, to Canton.
Back this year is the interactive Christmas Village, giving children the opportunity to make reindeer food for Santa’s reindeer to eat on Christmas Eve. Frosty will be near his igloo handing out marshmallows to roast by his fire, and Santa’s elves will pass out magical glasses that make the Christmas lights in Canton come to life in special shapes!
The interactive Christmas Village is designed to allow children to take home their memories from the Canton
Christmas festival while creating special memories with the characters.
Throughout the month, several merchants around the Square will have extended holiday hours and will offer a respite from the hectic, big-box-store experience. Shoppers can stroll the sidewalks and enjoy the season, immersed in lights and holiday music, as they pop into gift shops, vintage stores and boutiques for unique items, special sales and samples.
Light and character parades, at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights throughout the festival’s run, enhance the family fun with a chance to meet favorite princesses, superheroes and more.
The city’s animation museums, which were completely redecorated for the 2018 holiday season, will be open from 5-9 p.m. The historical museum features replicas of past merchants on Canton’s Historic Square; the other museum will delight youngsters with themed Christmas trees, including animation penguin figures enjoying a winter day around the park!
Additional festival highlights include: Sip ’n’ Cider 5-9 p.m. on December 14, Mrs. Claus’ Story Time, 6-9 p.m., horse and buggy rides, trolley rides and miniature train and fire truck rides around the Square, an old-fashioned carousel, as well as photos with Santa nightly throughout the festival. Be sure to check out the newest ride, the sky race located on the courthouse square grounds.
To take full advantage of the festival’s breathtaking night-time views – activities will start back up through December 23. From 5 to 9.
For more information, visit Canton Tourism.
Note: On Friday, December 7th, 2018, there will be no Horse and Buggy, Train, Fire Truck or Trolley.