Family Living

Christmas in Our Town

Every year our small town holds a Christmas event where everyone gathers together downtown. Downtown is completely shut off and the streets are lined with vendors selling their products, delicious food, hot chocolate stands, rides, games, carriage rides, and pictures with Santa. Some of the stores stay open late so people can shop. The performance center held a concert this year. 

The event starts off with a small parade which only consists of the middle school marching band playing Christmas songs followed by Mr. and Mrs. Clause. Everyone watching the parade follows Santa up the street to a small Christmas tree. The band plays, announcements are made, the tree is lit and the festivities begin! 

I guess Santa leaves his sleigh at home for this. 

It was in the 20’s Friday night so we decided to stop in the art gallery to warm up. There was a glassblowing demonstration going on so we watched that for a few minutes. It is a small building and there were a lot of people watching with us, so it was hard to see. 

As you can see downtown gets crowded! 

I take a picture of my daughter like this every year at this event. Since she’s almost a teenager now she is against smiling for pictures. 

Bouncy houses and a blow up obstacle course made an appearance this year. I thought it was cute that this bouncy house looked like a giant gift box. A gift full of bouncing, screaming kids that have eaten too much sugar!

The Farmer’s Market held a Christmas Tree stand along with more people selling their handmade products. Children were singing Christmas carols behind the market. 

This sign in the middle of the street told you where everything was. 

The horse and buggy ride was actually mules. Luckily they were not very stubborn. The ride goes around behind the inn, which also happens to be haunted. (We didn’t see any ghosts.) 

After the carriage ride, we walked down a path beside the inn that led to a big tent. It was so still and quiet on the path. The only sounds were the popping and crackling from a firepit surrounded by chairs and the jingling of the bells attached to the mules pulling the buggies. 

Inside the tent were Christmas trees decorated by local businesses. You could vote on your favorite one by placing a dollar bill in the box by the tree you wanted to vote for. Each business had chosen a charity of their choice where the money would be donated to. I’m not going to add all the pictures here, but I have to show you this one. 

This tree is from a law office in town. The sign on top of the tree says:  

Too funny!!

Here is a picture of the inn. I think it’s so pretty all decorated for Christmas! Last year we were able to tour inside the inn. It’s beautiful on the inside! There was a huge Christmas tree beautifully decorated in the main room. They had cookies and apple cider for visitors and moonshine tasting for the adults. (I didn’t try any, but heard it was good.) 

The carriage coming up the hill towards the inn. 
We were right behind the mules in the buggy. 

The Coca Cola bottling plant (built in 1920) is now a restaurant. They decorated it so pretty for Christmas! It is across the street from the performance center. Across the side street is the inn. 

After freezing for a while we ran down the street to find the car. It was so cold that my cheeks didn’t lose the redness until Sunday! 

I look forward to this event every year. It always makes me feel like Christmas is definitely here! This is what Christmas looks like in our town.

What does your town do for Christmas?

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. Seems u had a great time n fun!

    1. Thank you! It was a lot of fun!

  2. Merry Christmas, Bedford Falls!!!

    1. Merry Christmas!!!!

  3. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Very nice! I’m glad there’s places that still have good times like this!

    1. Me, too! This is why I love living in a small town. 😁

      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        Awesome! Reminds me of Hallmark movie towns lol!

  4. That is really cool! What a town! Merry Christmas!

    1. It’s a lot of fun! Merry Christmas!!

  5. Local celebrations are the best. Merry Christmas

    1. Yes they are! Merry Christmas!!

  6. That looks like a blast of fun and cold air πŸ™‚

    1. It was a lot of fun! And yes, very cold! But that just made it feel more like Christmas. 😁

  7. Oh that looks like so much fun! I bet there were so many yummy treats πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰.

    1. Yes! I had to stay away from those. There were even chicken maple donuts! πŸ€”

      1. Hmmm not sure about the chicken part of that donut…sounds a bit gross?

        1. I have to agree! 🀒

  8. You desctibe everything so well it felt like i am there. Seems like you enjoyed alot 😊

    1. Thank you! I look forward to this every year. πŸ™‚

  9. Small towns are the best – especially when so many from the community come out for events. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It’s always fun every year. πŸ™‚

  10. I love small towns! We live in an area where it is easy to attend events like this and they are always so very enjoyable!

    1. They are always so much fun! πŸ™‚

  11. wonderful time you sharing

    1. Thank you!

  12. Nice write up. Kindly return traffic n likes

  13. Michelle, you have no idea how much I loved reading this and seeing your photos. What precious memories! I LOVE that the community supports the small businesses in the town by showcasing them at an event like this. Those Christmas trees supporting charity are amazing! What a brilliant idea!!

    One of my favorite lines was this one; “After the carriage ride, we walked down a path beside the inn that led to a big tent. It was so still and quiet on the path. The only sounds were the popping and crackling from a firepit surrounded by chairs and the jingling of the bells attached to the mules pulling the buggies. ” — Just reading it I feel more relaxed. What an awesome place, Michelle. I’ve always had a soft spot for Rocky Mount!

    Sending you all my love. Christmas may look a little different this year, but hey, we don’t have to lose the joy, fun, and spirit you had when you shared this post. πŸ€—

    1. Thank you! I’m sad that this fun event had to be canceled this year. My daughter and I always look so forward to it! The carriage ride is always my favorite. Plus we usually see people we haven’t seen since the year before so it’s fun to catch up.

      I agree! The Christmas spirit is still there even if all the events are canceled! I hope yours is full of love and relaxation this year! Hugs!!!

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