Updated: Aug 14
In small towns and big cities across the state, smiling faces line the streets (and waterfronts) as communities gather to celebrate the season — and get a sneak peek at Santa.
This year Gastonia was featured in Our State Magazine.
Spectators see plenty of faces they recognize at the Gastonia Christmas parade, including Bam Hunter, mascot for the Gastonia Honey Hunters baseball team, and the Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Girl Scout troop. PHOTOGRAPH BY JERRY WOLFORD & SCOTT MUTHERSBAUGH
Familiar Faces Gastonia
Local performers, business owners, and members of organizations who parade down Main Avenue in Gastonia each December are the hallmark of small-town parades, and in this foothills city, the event is a tradition that goes back more than 65 years. On the first Sunday of December every year, the Gaston County Jaycees and Keep Gastonia Beautiful host Christmas in the City, a holiday celebration that includes a parade, marketplace, and tree-lighting ceremony.
Our State Magazine
Written by Katie King is an associate editor at Our State.
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