facebook Share on Facebook {mosimage}SMITHFIELD, NC - On Saturday, December 17, Santa Claus is coming to Downtown Smithfield and will stop by the Howell Theatre. Santa will be available to visit with children and adults from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A free showing of The Polar Express will begin at 12:30 p.m.

{mosimage}"The Polar Express has become a Christmas classic," states Amy Kirkman, owner of the Howell Theatre. "The film is visually stunning and the message that the Christmas spirit will always live within those who believe is truly powerful." The Polar Express is an inspiring adventure based on the beloved Caldecott Medal children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

The showing will be held in one theatre, so seating will be limited.

{mosimage}The Howell Theatre is located in Downtown Smithfield, at 141 S. Third Street, and is home of the $3.00 movies - every movie, every day for every body. For a schedule of current movies, please call 919-934-8202 or visit them on the web at www.howellmovies.com .

{mosimage}Downtown Smithfield is home to several other special events during the holiday season. The annual Christmas Parade will travel down Market Street beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8.  Free carriage rides with Santa will be offered at the corner of Market and Third streets from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16. Merchants will have special events and extended shopping hours as well.  For a complete calendar of events, visit www.downtownsmithfield.com or call 919-934-0887.