When it comes to Christmas, Lexington goes all out to make sure all have a good time.
This past weekend, Lexington welcomed Christmas with the annual Snowball Festival getting all in the Christmas spirit. Friday commenced with festivities at Lexington’s Town Square and Saturday kicked off early with a 5k and 10k. Families gathered together at the newest addition to downtown Lexington, the Icehouse Amphitheater, for a couple of Christmas movie classics. The parade ended the weekend’s festival on Sunday with rain and happy Lexington families.
The Snowball Festival came together thanks to the Town of Lexington and Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission. The annual parade came together thanks to the town and the Lexington Jaycees, a service organization.
Friday night brought together families all over the county to Lexington’s town square. Music was played by Terry and the Mudpuppy Band and vendors brought other entertainment for children. Hot cocoa and s’mores kept everyone warm and Santa and Mrs. Claus listened to kids’ wishes.
On Saturday morning, runners warmed up for either a 5k or 10k depending on their mode. “More than 200 racers are bringing awareness to congenital heart disease along with assisting families affected by prolonged stays in hospitals,” said Mayor Steve MacDougall. “All proceeds benefit Patty Packs.” Patty Packs assists families whose loved ones are born with congenital heart disease.
The Lutz family brought their great-grandchildren to the festival keeping a family tradition alive in Lexington. “We used to live in town (of Lexington) but live in Gilbert now. Our son (plays) Santa Claus and his wife (plays) Mrs. Claus,” they said.
“All my life, I’ve lived in Lexington,” said Mrs. Lutz. “I liked it when it was little. We used to live on North Lake Drive. In fact, I lived there from the time I was born until we moved in 1997.” They talk about loving Lexington and when it comes to change, exclaim growth is the biggest change they’ve seen.
Breanna and her husband, Elliott, brought their twins and enjoyed dancing to the music. The cocoa and cotton candy didn’t appeal quite as much as the live music. “We just came out to have a good time,” said Breanna. “We love dancing to music.”
This is their second time coming out and bound to be annual family tradition, she said, looking forward to the weekend to come.