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!
ChristmasFest features hands on free arts and crafts activities for kids that include A Letter to Santa station, Santa Bingo station, More S’mores station, Cookie Decorating station, and more. The Four Seasons Garden Club will provide a free activity for kids utilizing greenery and natural items. Imagine Circus will feature roving acts and a juggling show!
There will be an Ice Sculpting Demonstration by Artisan Ice Sculptures and Balloon Twisting by Made Ya Look Balloons. Pantasia Steel Drum Band will present some Caribbean Christmas music from 2:00-3:00pm. The Chesterfield County Library System will provide a Story Time. Families can enjoy Free Photo Ops with Santa and other roaming characters. Complimentary snacks will be available.
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.