Everything is in place for Clayton’s “New” Live Christmas Village and Tree Lighting on Thursday, November 29 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in downtown Clayton. Festivities begin with the fun Doggie Costume Contest at 6:00 pm with local schools and dance performances to follow. Santa Claus will be announcing each of the scheduled performances and will lead the Clayton High School Band parade from Smith Street to the Town Square beginning around 7:30 pm. At the Town Christmas Tree on Town Square, WRAL-TV 5 morning news anchor Lynda Loveland will announce the Downtown Storefront Decoration Contest winners, Mayor Jody McLeod will serenade Ms Loveland with a Christmas song and the Clayton High School Chorus will perform and lead everyone singing Christmas Carols. For the finale, Lynda Loveland will light the tree. Lyn Austin, who is the Downtown Development Association’s Promotion Committee chair said, “I hope everyone will come early, have some food, and stroll up and down Main Street. Many of the businesses will be open serving refreshments and giving away a free Christmas tree ‘Blinky’ gift.”
28 downtown businesses will be open including three restaurants: Jones Lunch Café, 415 E Main St; The Flipside at 408 E Second St; Main Steak Bistro 312 E Main St.
The award categories for the Downtown Storefront Decorating Contest will be Most Creative, Most Traditional and Best Overall. In addition, a “People’s Choice” award will be voted on and announced at a later date. A “Grinch” award will be bestowed on non-participating storefronts! All businesses and buildings in the downtown commercial district (Robertson St to US 70 between First Street, Main Street and Second Street) will be considered. Cash prizes will be granted to category winners: $100 each for Best Overall and People’s Choice; $75 each for Most Creative and Most Traditional.
The Downtown Residential Decorating Contest will be judged between December 9 and 12 and announced on December 14. Categories will be Best Overall, Most Traditional, Most Creative and Best Neighborhood Block. All residential neighborhoods within the boundaries of Robertson Street to the west, US 70 to the south, town limits to the north and US 70 to the east will be considered. Gift prizes will be given to residential winners.
Anonymous judges for both contests will be from outside Clayton and winners and honorable mentions will receive certificates.
Schedule of Performances/Activities
6:00 pm Doggie Costume Contest Doggie Do’z 113 E First St
Doggie Parade up Main Street
6:30 pm Awarding of Prizes Barbour Bldg Parking 401 E Main St
6:40 pm Lipscomb Day Care Parking Lot Main & Lombard
6:50 pm West Clayton Elementary Crescent Bank 315 E Main St
7:00 pm East Clayton Elementary Main Street Jeweler’s 236 E Main St
7:10 pm Riverwood Elementary Stokes Family Chiropractic 201 E Main St
7:20 pm Turning Point Dance Studio Clayton Mart 208 E Main St
7:30 pm Clayton High School Band First Federal Bank 442 E Main St
Will begin performing and leading crowd toward Town Square, led by Santa Claus
8:00 pm Lynda Loveland Town Christmas Tree Town Square
8:10 pm Clayton High Chorus Town Christmas Tree Town Square
8:20 pm Christmas Tree Lighting Town Square
Additional entertainment and events will be provided throughout the evening at various locations:
- Horne Memorial Hand bell Choir will perform in front of Blackley’s Printing at 229 E Main St
- A Musical Performance & homemade fudge for sale at Woman’s Club Gazebo 109 Church St
- Clayton Visual Arts & JOCO Artists Guild will have an exhibit of artists at 217 E Main St
- Clayton Historical Association booth will provide hot cider, hot chocolate and sell 2008 CHA picture calendars at 307 E Main St.
- A live nativity by Noah’s Ark will be featured at 120 E Main Street
Business Open House
Four Season Gift Baskets & More 104 W Main St
North Carolina Paper Co 114 W Main St
True Line Surveying 205 W Main St
Coffee Mill / The Flipside 105 S Lombard St
Doggie Do'z 113 E First St
Pizzaz 132 E Main St
A-1 Custom Painting 200 E Main St
Lorie Paulk Photography 202 E Main St
Clayton Mart 208 E Main St
Fancy That Gifts 227 E Main St
Sweet T Couture (inside Fancy That) 227 E Main St
Blackley's Printing 229 E Main St
Kelly's Antiques 232 E Main St
Main Street Jewelers 236 E Main St
Flowers by the Neuse 321 E Main St
Awards & Engravables 327 E Main St
HomeTowne Realty 328 E Main St
Edward Jones 331 E Main St
Fine Jewlery by Vincent 335 E Main St
W.R. Starkey Mortgage 336 E Main St
Gail O'Neil Design 401 E Main St
Hair on Main 401 E Main St
Johnston County Democratic Party 401 E Main St
Jones Lunch 415 E Main St
Sunshine Health & Wellness 419 E Main St
Clayton Furniture Outlet 425 E Main St
Cider House Studio 436 E Main St
Stellar Peer Recovery Ctr 440 E Main St
Lewis Tire & Automotive 451 E Main St
In addition to the Clayton Downtown Development Association and the Town of Clayton, event sponsors are: BB&T, Beddingfield's Drug Company, Blackley's Printing, Clayton Spinning Mill, Clayton Steak House, Crescent State Bank, Elmore Furniture, Fancy That Gifts, Fine Jewelry by Vincent, First Federal, Four Oaks Bank, HomeTowne Realty, Hudson's Hardware, Jesse & Lyn Austin, Main Street Jewelers, Medlin Office Supply, Morning Glory Inn.
On Thursday, November 29, Main Street in downtown Clayton will be closed from Smith Street to O’Neil Street between the hours of 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm . Through traffic traveling eastbound can detour to US 70 via Shotwell Road, Moore Street and Robertson Street. Westbound traffic can detour to US 70 via Durham Street and Smith Street.