UNION — Christmas is a time for traditions and that was certainly true of this year’s Christmas Open House which Thursday evening continued its tradition of bringing holiday fun to downtown Union.
Christmas Open House is an annual event held on Main Street which traditionally helps kick off the Christmas season in Union County.
This year’s Christmas Open House was held Thursday evening and, as in previous years, it provided those attending with a variety of entertainment and other fun things to enjoy.
Christmas isn’t Christmas without Christmas music and there was plenty of that along Main Street, both on the street and in some of the businesses that opened their doors to the public for the event.
The performers included “Sally And Friends” at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery; “Tommy, Jantzen & Arnold” at Arthur State Bank; the Monarch Elementary School Chorus which performed Christmas carols in front of the Union County School District Office; the Buffalo Elementary School Chorus which performed at Park Sterling Bank; and the Union County Schools Orchestras which performed at the Union County Museum. There was also music at Keepsake Jewelers.
Dance was also a big part of the entertainment offerings with performances by Unique Dance Studio, Twist & Shout Cheer & Dance, and Miss Elaine’s Dance Company.
Vendors including businesses and other groups lined Main Street selling food and other items while the businesses that opened their doors not only provided those attending with the opportunity to shop, but also handed out treats.
There were appearances throughout the evening by the Ashley Turner State Farm Good Neigh Bear and King Arthur from Arthur State Bank.
Finally, Santa Claus was in town at Park Sterling Bank posing for pictures taken by Timeless Treasures.
Union County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Torance Inman said that this year’s Christmas Open House was a success.
“It was a great evening as we kicked off the holiday season,” Inman said Friday. “There was a large number of people who came downtown with their families and friends. The weather was absolutely perfect. The visitors stayed longer than in times past. I heard nothing but praise for the event and saw numerous postings on Facebook of individuals enjoying themselves.”
Charles Warner | The Union Times “Carriage Rides Down Memory Lane” are always a popular feature of Christmas Open House and this year was no different as many people took the opportunity to enjoy a ride down Main Street in a horse drawn carriage. Christmas Open House was held Thursday and offered those in attendance the opportunity to enjoy live performances by dance schools, Christmas carols performed by local singing groups, food and snacks, and plenty of other fun things.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Members of the Unique Steps Dance Studio performed dance routines on North Herndon Street Thursday evening during Christmas Open House. They were among the many dancing or singing groups that performed during the event which helps kick off the Christmas season in Union County.
Charles Warner | The Union Times The Monarch Elementary School Chorus performed Christmas carols in front of the Union County School District Office on Main Street in downtown Union Thursday evening during Christmas Open House. Music, dance, carriage rides, food, and lots of fun were to be found on Main Street during the event which helps kick off the local Christmas season.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Wearing a pair of colorful antlers and seated comfortably in her chair, Haley Riddle is ready to enjoy Christmas Open House in downtown Union Thursday evening. The event, which helps kick off the Christmas season in Union County, drew a large crowd that enjoyed live dance and musical performances, food, shopping, and even carriage rides.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Girls Scouts Troop 1859 made and sold Rice Krispies treats during Christmas Open House in downtown Union Thursday evening. They were among a number of groups and businesses selling food and other treats to those who attended the event.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Christmas is a time of giving to help those in need and no one knows that better than the men and women who volunteer as bell ringers for The Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive. One of those volunteers is Phyllis Cooke who rang the bell for the Kettle Drive during Christmas Open House in downtown Union Thursday evening.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Christmas music is a big part of any Christmas Open House and that was the case Thursday at Arthur State Bank where Tommy, Jantzen & Arnold performed Christmas carols for those who dropped by to enjoy the music, refreshments, and decorations. Christmas Open House help kick off the local Christmas season with food, fun, dance, shopping, carriage rides, and, of course, music.
Charles Warner | The Union Times “Sally And Friends” performed Christmas songs at the Union County Arts Council Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Union during Christmas Open House Thursday evening. The group is composed of Catherine Varner, Sally Parker, Ann White, and Nanette Jenkins. They were one of a number of musical and dance groups that performed live during the event.
Charles Warner | The Union Times The Ashley Turner State Farm’s Good Neigh Bear posed for a picture Thursday evening with Ashley Turner and her children Cooper, Reagan, and Corley, and Noah Benjamin Grimes. Good Neigh Bear was one of a number mascots who were out on Main Street posing for pictures and shaking hands during Christmas Open House on Main Street in downtown Union.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.