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Christmas events are just beginning in the TLC

Aiden McPherson spent some quality time with Santa after the Loris Christmas Tree was lit Tuesday. (Jenn Causey, TLT)

By DEUCE NIVEN

& JENN CAUSEY

     Christmas has officially begun in the Tabor-Loris Community, with Tuesday’s tree lighting in downtown Loris just prelude to what promises to be a very busy holiday season.

     Other scheduled festivities in the TLC include:

Loris

     Leaders from city government and the Loris Chamber of Commerce have been busy preparing for the season for more than a month.

  • Christmas Parade – Another evening event at the end of the week, the annual procession steps off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. Pageant royalty, bands, church and business floats, go-carts, firetrucks, police vehicles, jeeps, tractors, motorcycles, collector cars and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause are expected. To sign-up call 843-756-6030.
  • Breakfast with the Grinch – A polar opposite of St. Nick, Breakfast with the Grinch is subtitled Welcome to the South Pole and scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $10, and reservations are required for the breakfast event, but everyone is invited to visit downtown for the holiday market, live entertainment, vendors and more. For ticket information call 843-756-6030 or email lorischamberofcommerce@gmail.com.
  • Polar Express Bus/Locals Night – Rolling at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, The Polar Bus Express will tour the downtown area in a tribute to the story and movie with a similar name.

     “Ride along the double-decker bus set to the enchanting sounds of the motion picture soundtrack,” said Loris Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Samantha Norris. “Passengers will relive the magic as the bus whisks families away for a remarkable ride to the South Pole.

     “Passengers will receive their own souvenir golden ticket, a “BELIEVE” sleigh bell, water, a sweet treat and hot cocoa at the end of the tour. If you ring your bell and believe hard enough, there will be a surprise visit from Jolly St. Nicholas himself”

     Those who take part are asked to dress in their favorite holiday outfit of holiday pajamas.

     For reservations email lorischamberofcommerce@gmail.com or call 843-756-6030.

Tabor City

     An inaugural Christmas Crafts Fair hosted by the Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, Dec. 2, will serve as the town’s holiday season opener, followed with the annual parade and tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 7, sponsored by town government and the chamber.

  • Christmas Crafts Fair – This inaugural event scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 will be held in the Truist Bank parking lot on Hickman Road. Holiday gift ideas are sure to be found, and chamber leaders say downtown merchants will have more.
  • Breakfast with Santa at Tabor City Baptist Church is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 2. Call 910-653-2029 to make a reservation.
  • Brunch with Santa & Company will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2 at The Todd House Wedding & Event Center. This has proven to be a popular annual event. For details call 910-625-7974.
  • Three decades plus! This year’s Tabor City Christmas Parade Through the Lights is the 31st annual, stepping off at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 and organized by town government. For details or to sign up call 910-653-4141 or 910-653-9712.
  • Tree lighting – Also the 31st annual, the chamber sponsored tree lighting will follow the parade and be held at the Town Gate and Gazebo downtown. Santa, fresh from his parade ride, will be on station at the Santa House, hearing Christmas gift wishes from the children and sharing some candy. Hot dogs, sausage dogs, sweets, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks and water will be on sale. Entertainment is expected to continue until 7:45 p.m.
  • Winter Soirée Festival of Trees & Business Expo – Host at The Todd House Wedding & Event Center, proceeds from this inaugural event will benefit The Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce. Businesses are encouraged to donate a decorated tree, decorate a table, or donate an item for auction. Tickets for the 5 p.m. event on Saturday, Dec. 9, are $20. Food, festival, drinks, a DJ and fun are promised. For details or tickets call 910-625-7974.
  • Decorating contest – With the theme “An Old Fashioned Christmas in Twinkle Town Tabor City,” merchants and residents alike are encouraged to light up for the holiday and take part in this annual contest. There are rules, with judging taking place from the outside on Dec. 12, the entry deadline on Monday, Dec. 11. Business windows must be trimmed in clear lights, residences must be located in town or withing a mile of the Tabor City limits. Even those not interested in the competition are encouraged to decorate “Let’s make Tabor City twinkle,” a chamber promotion says.
  • Cookie Crawl – Described as “a great way to get a variety of cookies as you do your Christmas shopping in Tabor City,” this “family friendly community event” allows people to pay a small fee to receive an empty box with a list of participating merchants, and then to visit those businesses to fill those boxes with cookies. Special cookie boxes will include a $15 gift card. For details or to sign up visit the chamber office or call 910-377-3012 or 910-840-0292.
  • Christmas on the Lake – Another annual event, weather permitting, the annual flotilla is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, at Lake Tabor. Businesses are encouraged to sponsor an entry. Pre-register by calling 910-377-3012. Event day registration at the lake begins at 6:30 p.m. – tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com, tribjenn@tabor-loris.com