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Monday, November 29, 2021

Christmas preview kicks off Auroville’s holiday shows

Auroville – Downtown Auroville is ringing in the holidays with many festive community events.

Downtown Auroville’s holiday celebrations begin at 4 p.m. on November 20 with the annual Christmas Preview. Shops will be open late and ballerinas from the North State Ballet will perform in select shop windows. Horse and carriage rides will be available in front of Nelson’s Shoes, 1949 Montgomery Street. Rides cost $5 per person and children 3 and younger ride for free. There will also be live music. Event runs till 8:00 pm

“It’s always a really fun evening with a lot going on. Santa can make an appearance too,” said event coordinator Lexi Ramsey.

At 7 p.m. December 3, the annual downtown Christmas tree lighting will take place in front of the Auroville Convention Center, 1200 Myers St. Horse and Carriage rides will be available and many downtown stores will be open until 8 p.m.

“There will also be hot cocoa and caroling. This is a great time for the community to start the Christmas season together,” Ramsey said.

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“Christmas Around the World” is the theme of the 25th Annual Parade of Lights, starting December 11 at 6 pm. While the parade took a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ramsey said it would be “bigger and better”. This year. In 2019, an estimated 3,500 people lined the parade route on Lincoln, Bird, Huntoon, High and Myers Streets.

Ramsey said all downtown restaurants will be open before, during and after the parade, which is expected to last at least 30 minutes.

“The parade is a fun time to come into town and see friends and all the fun brings together kids’ groups, businesses and nonprofits,” Ramsey said.

Float registration is $35 and sign-up applications are available at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce, 1789 Montgomery St.

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