The Festival of Lights in downtown Greensboro is back.
In 2020, Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI) reimagined its annual Festival of Lights as “Light the Night,” an event where people were discouraged from congregating, but on Friday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m., the old familiar Festival of Lights will return to downtown Greensboro.
Live entertainment, including 1aChord and Wally West and the Wassailers, will be featured in Center City Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. leading up to the Community Tree Lighting at 6:56 p.m.
Those strolling down Elm Street will find a host of live entertainment, including Benjy Johnson and the Tinsel Too, Brody Bett, Farewell Friend, Finn Phoenix, Greensboro Performing Arts, Grimsley High Madrigal Singers, High Cotton, High Lonesome Strings, Laura Jane Vincent, Scott Reece and Vintage Falcons, Seasons Best Carolers, Sinai Mountain Ramblers, The Gate City Railbenders, The Worship Place, The Silver Drummer Girl, Triad Trombone Ensemble, Triad A Cappella Connection, UNCG Horn + Tuba Choir, UNCG Chariots, Unwind Productions and Sharpe Pursuits/DJ Karaoke.
There will also be various performers in the International Civil Rights Center and Museum and a live ice sculpture carving by Fidelity Bank.
Food vendors who are participating in the Festival of Lights include Jamaica Coast, Over the Rainbow Kettle Corn, NutNbutLuv, Ghassons, Sweet’s Turkey BBQ, Tasty Treats, Fresh Catch Seafood and Bel le Full Vending.
LeBauer Park will host Tinsel Town, food kiosks and a Holiday Market.
The intersection of South Elm and McGee Streets (Hamburger Square) regardless of the weather will be transformed to a Winter Wonderland with snow and roasted marshmallows as well as the opportunity to have photos taken with Santa.
The Laser Show will be across the tracks on South Elm along with the Salvation Army Canteen providing hot chocolate.
The parking lot at South Elm and McGee will feature Kids Krafts, the Bryan Family YMCA Sports Zone, the Greensboro Science Center Glowing Bubbles and Sumo Santas.