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Light Up the Town

NEWTON, N.C. – With Thanksgiving just passed and Christmas right around the corner, it was time for Newton's Light Up the Town Celebration. Hundreds of families gathered on the 1924 Courthouse Square on Nov. 30, looking up as red and white lights strung in the trees and hedges surrounding the courthouse flickered on.

Although the night was unseasonably warm, the spirit of the holidays was in the air as people sipped hot cocoa, children frolicked in piles of leaves, and Santa Claus—accompanied by Mrs. Claus and a troupe of elves—touched down on North College Avenue.

Santa merrily strode up the courthouse steps to meet Mayor Anne P. Stedman before setting up shop inside the courthouse to pose for pictures with children, some of whom were happier than others to have the chance to meet Father Christmas himself. 

Meanwhile, outside, the Foothills Antique Power Association offered wagon rides on a pair of vintage tractors. Children squealed with delight at the chance to ride ponies up and down East A Street.

The evening of food, fellowship and fun was hosted by the Newton Festival and Events Committee. 



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