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The Clayton Christmas Village & Tree Lighting is this Thursday, December 3 with activities starting at 6:00 PM. The Tree Lighting ceremony will begin at 8:15 pm at Town Square and the tree will be lit at 8:30 pm sharp!

Schedule of Performances/Activities

6:00 pm Business Open House Begins Downtown

6:00 pm Doggie Costume Contest at Doggie Do’z, 113 E First St

6:00 pm Live Nativity at Fancy That!, 120 E Main St 6:15 pm Doggie Parade up Main Street To Cider House Studio, 436 E Main St

6:15 pm Lipscomb Day Care Chorus at Main Street Stage

6:20 pm Awarding of Doggie Costume Prizes at Cider House Studio, 436 E Main St

6:30 pm River Dell Elementary Chorus at Main Street Stage

6:30 pm Horne UMC Handbells and Choir at Blackley’s Printing, 229 E Main St

6:30 pm Scott McCreery, Clayton Idol Winner at Chamber of Commerce Steps, 301 E Main St

6:45 pm Riverwood Elementary Chorus at Main Street Stage 7:00 pm West Clayton Elementary Chorus at Main Street Stage 7:15 pm Cooper Elementary Chorus at Main Street Stage

7:30 pm Turning Point Dance Studio at Main Street Stage

7:30 pm Clayton Middle School Jazz Band at Town Square

7:35 pm Youth Choir New Trinity MBC at Main Street Stage

7:50 pm Clayton School of Dance at Main Street Stage

8:00 pm Clayton High Marching Band marches to Town Square for Tree Lighting!

8:15 pm TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY at TOWN SQUARE • DDA Chair Edward Knight - Welcome & Introductions at Town Square Stage • Welcome from Mayor Jody McLeod and NBC-17 News Anchor Melanie Sanders Welcome • Storefront Decoration Winners • Clayton High School Chorus

8:30 pm Christmas Tree Lighting Entertainment and events will be provided throughout the evening at various locations:

-Doggie Costume Pet Parade begins at 6:00 pm at Doggie Do'z 113 E First St. (553-5959 for more info)

-Pet photos with “Santa Paws” from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Cider House Studio (436 E Main St) $5 donation to benefit the Johnston County Animal Protection League. (Sponsored by Robinson Animal Hospital) •

-Clayton Historical Association will provide holiday refreshments at 307 E Main St. (Clayton Steakhouse)

-Clayton Visual Arts will feature their Annual Wee-Masterpiece Ornament Exhibit & Sale inside the Chamber of Commerce (301 E Main St.)

** TRAFFIC DETOUR ** E Main Street will be closed on December 3 from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm from Smith Street to N O'Neil Street. Traffic will be detoured around downtown via Smith Street from the east and S. O'Neil Street from the west. From West Main Street: Traffic will be routed south on S O'Neil Street to W Horne Street and right onto S Fayetteville Street to Hamby Street; Left onto S Lombard Street and right onto E Second Street to the end at E Main Street. From US 70/East Main Street: Traffic will be routed to Smith Street and left onto S Lombard Street to Hamby Street; From Hamby Street right onto S Fayetteville Street, left onto W Horne Street and right onto S O'Neil Street with a left onto W Main Street or straight onto N O'Neil Street.

Please note that E Second Street from Lombard to Fayetteville will be open only to local traffic due to water/sewer improvements. Any vehicles parked on E Main Street (from Smith Street to O'Neil Street) after the 5:30 pm road closure will be towed.

Handicapped Parking will be available at the Town Square via the O'Neil Street entrance As with most special events, parking can be difficult to find adjacent to the event, so please plan to walk several blocks. However, here are some additional areas to try: E First Street from O'Neil Street to Church Street E Front Street from O'Neil Street to Fayetteville Street