KNIGHTDALE — The 70-degree weather didn’t stop snow from falling last Friday in Knightdale.
At the town’s annual tree lighting, children could play in fake snow, write a letter to Santa Claus, meet Mrs. Claus and hear and watch performances from various community groups.
The town decorated the Knightdale caboose on First Avenue as Santa’s workshop. Before entering, children wrote letters to Santa. They gave them to Mrs. Claus, who would give them to her husband when he arrived to the tree lighting later that night.
Later, Santa rode down First Avenue on the back of one of Knightdale’s fire trucks and picked up Mrs. Claus and the letters from the children of Knightdale.
Councilman James Roberson spoke before the tree lighting, commending the town for its efforts to restore First Avenue, where the tree will remain until after the holidays.
He also reflected on several projects the town has completed or started in the last year: the Mingo Creek Greenway, Knightdale Station Park and smaller projects that continue to add to the town’s growth and development.
The next day, the town continued to celebrate the renovated First Avenue with the annual Christmas parade.
The potential for bad weather didn’t stop the town from showing up to the annnual Christmas parade either.
In fact, the town estimates it was the biggest parade the town has ever held, with 120 entries in the parade and over 4,000 people watching. The town estimates about 800 people showed up for the tree lighting.
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