It is almost that time of year, and the city of Carrollton gets ready for the Christmas holiday by switching on the lights in Downtown Adamson Square. Local residents and students start the official holiday season as Carrollton Main Street presents the Lighting of The Square on Nov. 20 from 6-8 p.m.
The annual lighting of The Square is an event where Carrollton Main Street brightens Adamson Square with Christmas lights and decorations. It also offers many different activities like holiday songs, shopping and picture taking with Santa.
The lighting will be followed by a host of different activities. Karen Vance and a variety of carolers and dancers will perform holiday songs. Oak Mountain Carolers, Carrollton Academy of Dance, Carrollton Show Choir and the Fever Performing Arts are set to perform. Photographer Tim McClain is also scheduled to take photos of participants with Santa.
Afterwards, everyone is welcome to the shopping specials and discounts at shops on The Square until 8 p.m. The merchants will also serve free hot chocolate and WGTC Culinary Arts Cookies in their shops for customers.
The holidays on Main Street have been rejuvenating the downtown area by promoting and marketing new events for years to bring in more business, more people and grow tourism in Carrollton.
“Main Street started [The Lighting of the Square] 30 years ago,” said Phoebe Ericson, Main Street director. “We had 1,000 people just last year.”
As with any event that is mainly outdoors, certain weather conditions may affect it, but Main Street has determined to continue the event regardless of rain or shine.
As the Lighting of the Square begins the Christmas season, Main Street, along with merchants and vendors, team together to help the city of Carrollton celebrate the holidays.
“We all benefit,” Ericson said. “It benefits the merchants and kicks off the Christmas season in Carrollton.”