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Christmasville 2011 kicks off

The Sixth Annual Christmasville festival kicked off Thursday night in downtown Rock Hill.

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Thursday’s opening ceremonies included a lighting of the village and a visit from Santa — who landed on Main Street Tuesday after skydiving from a plane. This year’s festival theme is Angels Among Us — modeled after the popular song by Alabama.

Tonight, several streets in the city’s downtown district will close for the Christmas Parade.  The parade itself starts at 6:30… but Oakland Avenue from Cherry Road to Stewart Avenue will close at 2 o’clock this afternoon, and the city’s municipal lot will be closed all day, except for CATS Park and Ride Patrons. The parade route along Oakland and Main between Stewart Avenue and Dave Lyle Blvd will close at 5:45 this afternoon.

This year’s event features events for the entire family including art gallery crawls, a Christmas food market, plays, performances, and tonight’s annual Christmas parade that runs along Oakland Avenue and Main Street.

And with the Christmas season upon us, WRHI’s Toys For Happyness campaign is in full swing, generating thousands of toys for needy kids this season. If you’d like to help out, go to WRHI.com for details, or bring a new unwrapped toy by the WRHI studios on North Confederate Avenue in Rock Hill.

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