The Town of North Wilkesboro announced on Oct. 5 that the annual Light Up Downtown Festival has been cancelled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is normally held the Friday evening before Thanksgiving, which would have been Nov. 20 this year.

A town spokesperson posted on the festival’s Facebook page, “However, many of our shops will stay open late on Friday, November 20th and shoppers will be treated to twinkling displays, Christmas lights, and holiday music. Santa will stroll the streets shouting Ho Ho Hos and warm hellos.”

The post concluded, “Stay tuned for more to come as we hope to have a window display contest and horse drawn carriage rides.”

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