Top 10 Things Every Newberrian Should do for #AVeryBerryChristmas that’s Merry and Bright!
Newberry is becoming known throughout the state as a “Christmas town.” Here are just 10 things we’re looking forward to this holiday season! Be sure to check out our website for all things Christmas in Newberry: www.newberrychristmas.com.
The Holiday season in downtown Newberry kicks off on Friday, November 16th from 5 pm to 8 pm at the annual Main Street Lights Community Christmas Tree Lighting! At the start of the event, just before the sun sets, experience caroling at the tree and snap a photo with the Southern Victorian Society, dressed in full replica Victorian era Holiday attire. The Newberry College Cheer Squad will also be present with their wolf mascot, Scar, to hand out candy canes to little ones. Several local organizations will be offering cookies, goodie bags, and more. This year the official Lighting Ceremony will begin at 6:15 pm and will feature Pomaria-Garmany School and Newberry Middle School choruses as well as Mayor Senn and a special guest from WISTV. The ceremony ends with a countdown to light the town at 6:30 pm. After the ceremony view the décor, listen to the Newberry College Madrigal Singers caroling, and consider stopping by the Ritz Theater at 7:30 pm for a free showing of The Polar Express. www.newberrychristmas.com
Join in the Christmas Cheer by entering this annual photo contest! To enter, simply post your photos of you, your friends, and family enjoying the decorations in downtown Newberry to social media, using the hashtag #AVeryBerryChristmas. The photographer that best captures the magic of downtown Newberry during the holiday season will win 2 tickets to the Malpass Brothers on February, 14th, 2019 at the Opera House.
Professional and amateur bakers are encouraged to enter the official Gingerbread Competition! This competition is for all ages and offers two categories: “Newberry Village” in which entrants will enter to win the grand prize of $500, while the “Kids Village” entrants will be entering to win a gift certificate to the Newberry Arts Center (NAC). “Newberry Village” competitors can be any age, but the “Kids Village” is only open to children ages six to sixteen. The gingerbread entries will be on display in the Newberry Arts Center beginning the morning of December 1st, where at 9 am winners will be announced at “Breakfast with Santa.” This event is free and open to the public. The gingerbread will remain on display in the windows of NAC through December 20. www.newberrychristmas.com
The wonders of the North Pole are coming to Newberry. On most Fridays during the holidays visitors can come to the free North Pole Nights events to play in the fluttering faux snow in Memorial Park, take pictures with Santa, visit Santa’s workshop at the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce office for a Christmas Craft and Storytime with Mrs. Claus, and stop by the Newberry Arts Center to view the entries and winners of the 2018 Official Newberry Gingerbread Competition! Don’t miss the fun downtown November 30th, December 7th, 14th, and 21st from 6 pm to 8 pm. www.newberrychristmas.com
How does Santa Claus get around when he is without his reindeer? On a fire truck of course! Santa of Newberry will be touring some of Newberry’s neighborhoods by fire truck this holiday season to check in on our local children and make sure all are being good boys and girls before Christmas arrives. On Friday November 30th, December 14th, and 21st from 5 pm to 6 pm watch for Santa to see if he drives past your front door! Santa will end each of his tours in Memorial Park to attend North Pole Nights. Neighborhood tour details can be found at www.newberrychristmas.com.
A unique Newberry event that is free and open to the public, Tuba Christmas, features low bass horn players performing Christmas carols that have been specifically arranged for their instruments. The result is a sound that has been described to be like “that of a male vocal choir.” Tuba Christmas is an international event that takes place in most major cities, but Newberry’s is believed to be the largest in the state of South Carolina, bringing in 50 performers that offer the audience a full and rich sound. Tuba Christmas will be held at the Newberry College Alumni Music Building on Saturday, December 15th at 3 pm. www.newberrychristmas.com