Three of the annual Christmas parades have been cancelled this year out of concerns for COVID. The City of Lincolnton parade and tree lighting, the Cat Square Parade and the Denver Parade have all officially been cancelled.
There will be a “Spirit of Christmas” crawl and cruise in on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29 from 1-5 p.m. This event is not associated with the City of Lincolnton and roads will not be closed.
“The Lincolnton Christmas Parade and tree lighting has always been a pretty big deal, to me and to a lot of other people in town,” Organizer Tommy Smith said. “With the way 2020 has played out and everything’s been shut down and quarantined, we were all looking forward to Christmas. If anything, we need Christmas.”
Smith said that he understood why the parade was cancelled, but he thought he should try to do something to safe it. Originally, Smith thought that a form of reverse parade could be held, but permits couldn’t be obtained for road closures.
“So, I thought, why don’t we do something that the citizens could pull off,” he said. “We got people together and bounced some ideas around and we thought we’d do something like the fall art crawl.”
Several area businesses will be open, there will be food trucks parked in the downtown area as well as some life performers. Santa will be at Burton’s General Store from 1-4 p.m. There will be collection boxes for Toys for Tots set out as well.
“We’re hoping people will social distance and if they want to wear masks they can,” Smith said. “I know the businesses will be encouraging people to wear masks when they come in. I’m going to do what I feel right for me and everyone else can make that decision for themselves.”
The event will be held rain or shine.