2012 ChristmasVille festival features a carousel, 70+ events

Posted October 23, 2012 6:24 pm | Filed under Local News
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Last year it was a Ferris wheel — and this year, it’s a carousel.  They’re just two of the more than 70 attractions and events taking place at the 7th annual ChristmasVille festival in downtown Rock Hill. Festival Chairman John Rinehart says there could be as many as 80,000 people attending the four-day festival.

ChristmasVille began in 2006 and was inspired by the Christmas and holiday artwork of the late Vernon Grant who at one time lived in Rock Hill.

Among the signature events:

  • The Lighting of the Village – Opening Ceremonies, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. on Main Street at Elk Avenue.
  • Gingerbread House Contest, Display, and Silent Auction, Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 Thurs./Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 12 – 5 p.m., Center for the Arts – 121 E. Main Street.
  • The Vernon Grant Exhibit & Outdoor Art Festival, Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 Thurs./Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 12 – 5 p.m., Center for the Arts – 121 E. Main Street.
  • Holiday Old Town Gift Market, Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 Thurs./Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 12 – 5 p.m., Center for the Arts – 121 E. Main Street.
  • Reindeer Romp 5K Run, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. on Main Street at Elk Avenue.
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Dec.1 – 2, Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun.  1-5 p.m., Main Street.
  • Strolling Dickens Carolers, Dec.1 – 2, Main Street.
  • ChristmasVille Grand Finale’, Dec. 2, 5 p.m.

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