Christmas festivities begin
Photo by Jennifer Boyd
The Loris Parades and Celebration festivities begin this Friday afternoon. The Loris Chamber of Commerce and sponsors will ensure that everyone will have a great weekend.
By Jennifer Boyd
It’s that time of year for the Loris Chamber of Commerce to spread the holiday cheer. They have covered all the bases to ensure children of all ages will leave with a smile on their face and their souls warmed by all the festivities planned. This year, no stone will be left unturned due to the months of planning and preparation by the chamber and sponsors.
The Loris Times, Clayton Tyler, CMMS Studios and Coldwell Banker Chicora- Linda Kostrom have each donated funds to become the official sponsors of the two-day Christmas event of the holiday season. The festivities begin around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in the vacant lot across from Graham Brothers in Loris. Bouncy blow-ups, camel rides, pony rides, food provided by Ricky Dew and the Sugar Shack, awesome train rides and a first ever massive fire pit s’mores station will be sure to please everyone in your family. The Polar Express movie will be the highlight of the evening, which is free to the public. Dress warm and bring chairs and or blankets for a movie night under a sheet of stars in downtown Loris.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, make sure you arrive early for the event of the holiday season, the Loris Christmas Parades and Celebration. The fun begins at noon on Saturday in downtown Loris. Plenty of food venders, wreath-makers, people selling unique Christmas items, camel rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, bouncy blow-ups, wonderful entertainment and warm beverages will be offered. The parades begin at 1 p.m., which for the first time includes a golf cart parade. Admission into the golf cart parade is only $5, and you are asked to decorate your cart to be judged. Also, the first ever Pie Baking Contest will take place near the railroad tracks in Loris. For those of you with baking talents, each pie entered for judging is $5.
Categories include berry, fruit, nut, cream and other pies. Entries must be received by 4 p.m. on Saturday at the corner of Duncan and Meeting Streets. Taste, overall appearance and overall impression will be judged. Good luck bakers!
The afternoon will end at 5:30 p.m. with the official lighting of the Loris Christmas Tree.
For more information on the price of venders, participating in the parades or the pie baking contest, contact Samantha Ward Norris at the Loris Chamber of Commerce at 843-756-6030.
Open Hearts Community Outreach and Ernie’s Hometown Diner held the 2016 Thanksgiving Day lunch that served approximately 225 free meals to the community on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pictured above are some of the helpers and volunteers who worked hard to make the event a big success and who gave of their time to give to others during this holiday season.
Changes made for Christmas festivities
We have had a change in plans for our upcoming Christmas festivities. Friday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. we will show the Polar Express in the Children’s Corner located at the intersection of Casey and Meeting Streets in downtown Loris. Dew’s Sugar Shack will be on location with lots of great goodies. Hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, popcorn and more. Exciting things will happen if you believe!
Saturday, Dec. 3, will be our Loris Christmas Parades and Celebrations. The celebration will kick off at 12 noon with a themed kid’s area at the Children’s Corner with vendors, lots of wonderful entertainment and a golf cart parade. The traditional parade will begin at 1 p.m. with the golf cart parade following the traditional parade. We also have a new route. The parades will begin at Loris First Baptist Church and will travel down Main Street to Meeting Street, turn right on Meeting Street, turn right onto Casey Street, turn right onto Mitchell Street, then turn left on Main Street and finish at Loris First Baptist Church. Then the golf cart parade will follow the same path. Once the parades are over we will continue with our celebration with some great entertainment and end the evening with the tree lighting ceremony of the official Christmas Tree for the city of Loris.
We hope you will join us for this great celebration! Lots of fun and a great way to kick off the holiday season. Contact the Loris Chamber of Commerce for applications for the parades or any other questions you may have. Call 843-756-6030 which is the chamber number. We are located at 4242 Main St. in Loris. You can also find all the information and applications on the chamber website at www.lorischamber.com.
Thank you all for your support and always remember to SHOP LORIS FIRST!
Prayers and best wishes being sent to Ted BOYD in McLeod Florence Hospital... Loris will be enjoying “Christmas on Main” on Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. all along Main Street and in the Courtyard on Main across from the Loris Times newspaper... Everyone is invited to come out for the Loris Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3... SANTA will be at the Loris Library from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, waiting for you to tell him what you want for Christmas... Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do to help promote our library events says Renae STRICKLAND... Jasmine WHITE will be celebrating her birthday on Saturday, Dec. 3... Kristen ROCK will be enjoying her birthday on Sunday, Dec. 4... Heather Rena STANLEY, Miriam GUIRGIS, Toni Arbott LONG and Sloan BLAIR will all be looking forward to their birthdays on Tuesday, Dec. 6... Amanda COX will be having her birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 7... Olivia Faith WATSON and Melissa Nicole STROUD are both enjoying their birthdays on Thursday, Dec. 8...