N.C. Wesleyan College is getting into the holiday spirit and inviting members of the community to join in as they light up the campus for the Christmas season.
The college will host its 14th annual Lighting of Wesleyan event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.
This event is open to the community and will cover many festive activities including a live nativity presented by Englewood United Methodist Church. The Battling Bishops baseball team will offer free hayrides and children will have the opportunity for a meet and greet with Santa. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Snowman and Wesleyan Puppy all will be on hand for hugs and photos.
Guests can stroll through the college commons while enjoying a large collection of inflatables and Christmas lights. For those participants who want to take off the chill or enjoy a good snack, the N.C. Wesleyan College women’s soccer and volleyball teams will be selling hot beverages and other concessions to benefit their programs.
Everyone is invited inside the Dunn Center to sing along with the Wesleyan Singers as they perform carols and other Christmas favorites on stage in the Garner Lobby. Toward the end of the evening, the Northern Nash High School Band will present a free holiday concert. Following the show, Santa will be available for free photos in the Garner Lobby.
Interim college President Evan D. Duff and his special guest, Santa, will arrive near the end of the evening aboard a Rocky Mount Fire Department fire truck.
This event is free and open to the public.