UPDATE: Holidays... MW to light up downtown area

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 UPDATE (12/6): Due to poor weather conditions, the city of Mount Washington has canceled this year's Light-Up Mount Washington festivities.


The trains are coming, get on board Mount Washington. Next stop: Light Up Mount Washington Dec. 6.

The festivities will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Main Street. A change from previous years, the activities will be inside and outside.
K & I Model Railroad Club model trains is one of the newest additions to this year’s celebrations along with storytime with members from the Wounded Warrior Project.
And let’s not forget Santa and Mrs. Claus, they’ll also be there to take photos with the children at Peoples Bank.
Mount Washington Middle School will perform from 6 to 6:30 p.m. There will also be free carriage rides, a petting zoo and Christmas carolers strolling the street.
MW Mayor Joetta Calhoun said there will also be drawings for several children’s bicycles around 8 p.m.
“There will be arrows showing people where to go,” she said.
The light up ceremony will take place in the lot where the farmer’s market took place (between First Federal Savings and Peoples Bank) at about 6:30 p.m. Calhoun said.
“We try and offer something new each year,” she said. “I think it’s just a wonderful way to begin the season and bring the community together.”
This is the seventh year for the event. Last year’s drew about 3,000 people, she said.
The event is sponsored by the city and McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home.
If guests get hungry they can snack on some hamburgers and hot dogs from a vendor or join in on the Cookie Walk, which is also new this year.
Lori Puchino, director of the Main Street program, said the majority of businesses on Main Street will have a Christmas open house during the event with some offering special deals plus free cookies.
“We want to bring more people downtown to make them aware of the businesses,” she said.
The Main Street program will also have its annual holiday storefront decorating contest for those businesses on Main Street who wish to participate. Last year Mt. Washington Florist won the award. The winner gets their name on a plaque, she said and they get to hang it in their business all year.
Puchino said businesses can start decorating whenever they want, but have to be finished by Dec. 6. The winner will be announced at the celebration after the Main Street committee votes.