Oh holy nights, tis the season to ring in jolly holiday festivities

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Beaufort prepares for the holiday season with a weekend of festive events such as A Night on the Town, Light Up The Night Boat Parade and the traditional Christmas Parade.

A boat from the 2012 Light Up the Night parade.
A boat from the 2012 Light Up the Night parade.

Main Street Beaufort, USA proudly presents the 28th Annual A Night on the Town. This opening of the Christmas holiday shopping season takes place on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. A long standing tradition of the community, A Night on the Town is a mix of traditional and the contemporary.

An evening with a surprise around every corner and a number of things that will entertain, delight and get you in the holiday spirit. Shops will stay open late to welcome customers with special treats and a preview of their large and unique selection of items to help get a head start to the holiday season.

The evening also includes the City of Beaufort’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, entertainment by the Parris Island Marine Corps Band, choral performances and a rumored visit from Santa.

Take your pick of holiday parades by land or sea in Beaufort. Join Main Street Beaufort, USA and the Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m. for the Light Up the Night boat parade on the Beaufort River. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park provides the best view of the parade. The first boats will start arriving at the seawall at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park by 5 p.m. Hot chocolate will be available courtesy of The Greenery.

The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade will be Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m., through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Floats, bands, walkers and personal cars and trucks are expected to participate.

For details, contact Main Street Beaufort, USA at 843-525-6644 or email info@downtownbeaufort.com.

 Riding in last year’s Christmas Parade.
Riding in last year’s Christmas Parade.