Historic downtown Fayetteville hosts an event called A Dickens Holiday the day after Thanksgiving. There are horse drawn carriages, vendors selling wares, carolers, and people dressed in period appropriate garb. There is even a Scrooge running around causing mischief. At 5pm there is a candle light procession that leads to the Market House, followed by fireworks.
Instead of braving the crowded mall and shopping centers for a bargain, we took our parents out to see Scrooge and enjoy a fun Christmas event that we all wanted to check out. Remember my thing about exploring the place that you live? Yeah–I’m all about exploring what North Carolina has to offer, and this was a winner.
The horses were gorgeous. Everyone was happy and polite. It was a wonderful start to the holiday season.
The candle light procession was my favorite part. We all walked from the arts center down to the Market House. We were standing too far away to hear any of the hoopla up front (there was some sort of dramatization or speech–I don’t even know), but every few minutes everyone in front of us would go, “Huzzah!” and we would all raise our candles and continue the wave of merriment.
I began to wonder if the people in front of us were actually being told to cheer or if they just wanted to see if we would follow their lead.
We began to walk toward our car before the end but then found ourselves quite unplanned in the perfect place to watch the fireworks. It was really the best way to end the night. Way to be, Fayetteville.
Until next time,