Pride of Kinston: Holly Days


An abbreviated ceremony to light up Kinston’s community Christmas trees at the Lenoir County Courthouse and along Queen Street was held under perfect Fall skies November 30, 2012.

Mayor Murphy and assistants throw the switchKinston Mayor B.J. Murphy gathered a group of youngsters who showed up for the ceremony to help him trip the switch at 5:00 PM which illuminated the huge tree on the courthouse lawn and all the lights wrapped around the hollies lining the city’s main drag.

He told the group who came to witness the event that rain on the original date (November 27, 2012) “may have dampened our plans for last Tuesday night, but it did not douse our spirits for this special time of the year.”

TreeA more elaborate event featuring music, horse and buggy rides and other activities along Herritage Landing was cancelled the previous Tuesday due to rain.

The mayor thanked all those who were prepared to participate in the Nov. 27 version of Holly Days, coordinated by Pride of Kinston:

  • Kinston High School Band
  • Woodington Middle School Band
  • Parrott Academy Chorus
  • Parrott Academy Orchestra
  • Vocalist Bonita Simmons
  • First Presbyterian Church choir
  • Flimsey the Clown
  • A special horse and buggy
  • The Kinston Public Library and Friends of the Library
  • All the shop owners along Herritage Landing
  • Farmers Market
  • And the partnership between Pride of Kinston, the City of Kinston, especially Parks and Recreation, Public Services and Public Safety.
  • We also owe a debt of gratitude to David Sawyer and all his colleagues at WNCT for participation in years past and for their plans to carry our tree lighting live throughout Eastern North Carolina.

For more information, contact:
Pride of Kinston
327 N. Queen St.
Kinston, North Carolina 28501
ph: 252-522-4676
fax: 252-527-6718

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