The festival of lights has been a holiday tradition for more than 30 years. This year the festival will include all of the holiday favorites including the community sing, lighting of the community tree in Center City Park, and of course carolers and acoustic performances along Elm Street. You can find Santa in Hamburger Square and roast marshmallows too! Warm your hands at the warming stations and get your group holiday photo in the social photo booth! You’ll find plenty of delicious treats throughout downtown and don’t forget – finalize your shopping at one of the many downtown merchants who will be open late for Festival of Lights!
Cirque du Hope & Anniversaries Celebrating: The 50th anniversary of JDRF’s founding, the 25th anniversary of the founding of JDRF’s Piedmont Triad Chapter, and the 20th annual Hope Gala.
5:30 pm: Reception and Silent Auction
7 pm: Seated Dinner, Program, Live Auction, Fund A Cure
10 pm: After-Party
JDRF is the leading international nonprofit fighting to cure type 1 diabetes (T1D) while also helping those with T1D live healthy lives today. Supported by hundreds of thousands of donors, JDRF raises, invests and drives more funds to T1D research than any organization in the world. As a result, JDRF has played a key role in major T1D advances – drug, device, cell research – that have improved lives and brought us closer to our ultimate goal of a cure. JDRF is mission-driven and serves as an aggressive advocate and educational support for the T1D community. JDRF has staff and volunteers across the United States, has five international affiliates, funds research in more than 20 countries and supports insulin-aid efforts in the U.S. and around the world. Visit jdrf.org to learn more.
With more than twenty dining and drinking establishments within walking distance of historic Hutchinson Square, you are likely to find the atmosphere you were searching for. Whether your preference is locally roasted coffee and a pastry, to micro brews and a burger, or imported wines and charcuterie, to soda fountain specialties and a hot dog, or prime rib or homemade pasta, you can find it here…. Many establishments run specials for Third Thursdays throughout the year and of course Sweet Tea is always on the menu.