Light Up the Town, luminary project in December

NEWTON, NC (Oct. 28, 2013) – The holidays are almost here, and residents should make plans now to attend the City of Newton’s annual “Light Up the Town” celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 on the 1924 Courthouse Square in downtown Newton.

Sponsored by the Newton Festival & Events Committee, this event officially kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of thousands of lights in the downtown area, followed by a wide variety of activities for everyone.

The event kicks off promptly at 5 p.m. as Santa and his elves parade around the downtown Courthouse square. Afterward, they’ll pose for free photos with children. Several community groups will be in attendance filling the air with seasonal music, while other groups offer concessions ranging from pizza and hot dogs to baked goods.

Dec. 1 also marks the beginning of the Newton Appearance Commission’s “A Time to Remember” luminary project. Remember lost loved ones by placing their names on the memorial board and memorial tree at Yount Park at the corner of East A Street and College Avenue. The memorial display is available 24 hours a day running through Jan. 1, 2014.

To add your loved one’s name to the remembrance list, contact Marcie Winkler of the Newton Recreation Department at 695-4317 or email If a name has been displayed in the past, there is no need to call. The deadline to place a name on the list is Fri., Nov. 8.