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Charlotte's Take: Holiday Lights? We're Turning the Power On Wednesday

December 01, 2017

It’s me again, and this time with a tip that will put the “perfect” into your holiday season — head to Woodforest Wednesday, Dec. 6.

I know, I’m always telling you to visit Woodforest. (And with good reason, I might add!) But if you like holiday lights, you definitely want to be here Wednesday. The super-amazing Director of Fun Tori Whelan is hosting the Spirit and Sparkle Holiday Hayride where you can get a seat on a hayride to tour holiday displays throughout the community. And EVERYONE will be turning on the lights that night because it is also our annual lighting contest when we all try to get bragging rights on which homes and which neighborhoods have the best lights. And as much as I’d like to do so, I won’t try to sway your vote on which home is best dressed for the holidays. (But mine is looking freaking awesome!)

So the hayride kicks off at Jackson Park, 2829 Woodforest Parkway North at 6 p.m. And it’s one of three holiday events that are open to the public. (The rest is just for us residents!)

You can also join us for Caroling on the Pond Thursday, Dec. 7. This sweet event reminds me of days of “It’s a Wonderful Life” moments when life was simpler. We will be raising our voices and toasting each other with hot chocolate from 6-7 p.m. at Cypress Pond.

Next, wrap up your bikes, cars and even yourselves in shimmering holiday lights for the Parade of Lights Saturday, Dec. 9. The cavalcade begins back at Jackson Park at 6 p.m. And I’m not going to say exactly who, but a very special visit from the North Pole will be on hand to marshal the parade and pose for photos afterward.

So bring the family, bring your friends and bring yourself to our happy community and experience what a hometown holiday is like.

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