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Christmas in Historic Chatham is Friday evening, Dec. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The seasonal decorations will be on display to be viewed from cars. Main Street will be limited to one-way traffic between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.

Participants will receive a Christmas gift bag with traditional candy canes, a program and a sprig of holly. That holly will be collected at the end and tossed onto a yule log fire so that good luck, so the folk tradition says, will come to all when the holly burns.

Even though pandemic restrictions make it impossible for there to be a gathering at the courthouse steps, Christmas in Historic Chatham will still be a festival of lights for participants.

Cars enter Main Street at the traffic light. Giles Gateway park is festively decorated with lights. Lanterns line Main Street beginning at the post office all the way to Rotary Park and Center Street. Lights at Competition Alley and Studio 29 are joined by dancing images on the walls of several buildings.

The town’s Christmas tree graces the front of the courthouse where participants will be greeted by a wave from colonial lamplighter William Stafford and Mayor Will Pace. Lots of other lights lead the way to Rotary Park where Chatham First has set up the fire pit and the yule fire.

Holly is collected there and taken to the fire that is maintained by Boy Scout Troop 346. All along the way there is music by local artists.

Restaurants are open and there is plenty of adjacent off-Main Street parking. Restaurant patrons can help ensure everyone’s safety by going directly to their restaurant.

All participants in cars going up Main Street need to remain in their cars. There is no hurry to arrive at a specified time. The drive-thru extends from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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