They may have to obey stoplights and compete with traffic, but horsedrawn carriages are back in downtown Lincolnton.
The First Citizens Bank Horsedrawn Carriage Rides begin tonight and will be held every Friday and Saturday night in December from 6 – 9 p.m.
â€œItâ€™s just a good way to see the lights of downtown Lincolnton, and itâ€™s a good family activity that anyone can enjoy,â€ said Holly Kiser with City of Lincolnton Business and Community Development.
Lincoln County-based Cowboyâ€™s Toys Carriage Company will conduct the rides, which begin at First Citizens Bank, 425 E. Main St.
This is the second year the company will be offering 15-20 minute carriage and wagon rides around Court Square.
Last year, the carriages aided in three marriage proposals.
â€œEveryone who proposed wanted to stop right in front of the Christmas tree with the lights beaming down on the horses,â€ said Jim Parlier, owner of Cowboys Toy Carriages. â€œItâ€™s not going to get much better than that.â€
Even without a marriage proposal, the lights of downtown Lincolnton, Christmas music and horsedrawn carriage still work magic.
â€œIf it doesnâ€™t put you in the Christmas spirit, youâ€™re Scrooge,â€ Parlier said.
Tickets are $5 per person for a wagon to $10 per person for a carriage ride. Reserving a carriage for a couple is $40.
There are four different carriages available including a vis-a-vis, a limousine-style, a Victorian-style and a horse-drawn sleigh.
The downtown rides are sponsored by First Citizens Bank and organized by the Downtown Development Association.
Marathon Realty, Allen Tate Realty and Lackey and Whitley Realty all serve as individual sponsors.
Court Street Grille, 113 W. Courtsquare, is offering 30 percent off coupons to all carriage riders, and Sage Brush Saloon gave Parlier free-appetizer coupons to give out after rides.
For more information on any of Lincolntonâ€™s holiday events, contact the Business and Community Development Office at (704) 736-8915.
by Sarah Grano