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The Asheboro High Band marches in the annual Christmas parade last weekend.  Eric Abernathy / Randolph Hub

Christmas Downtown scheduled for Friday night in Asheboro

ASHEBORO — It’s been years since Asheboro has enjoyed either the Fall Festival or Christmas on Sunset.

Once annual staples in downtown Asheboro, they’ve both been wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic or a stray hurricane or blizzard.

Could this be the year one of them finally breaks through and returns?

It wasn’t the Fall Festival (hurricane remnants). But the re-christened Christmas Downtown has a chance.

If only the weather will cooperate.

If so, here are some highlights to look forward to in this old-fashioned style Christmas celebration:

- Musicians and carolers.

- Movies and The Christmas Story in Sunset Theatre.

- A live nativity scene.

- The Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Elves, Santa & Mrs. Claus.

- Wagon and carriage rides through Bicentennial Park.

- Russian Tea, hot chocolate and cookies stations.

- Marshmallow roasting.

- Photo opportunities.

- Trees NC spruce saplings giveaway.

Also, there will be drop-boxes for canned food items being collected for CUOC and Salvation Army.