Christmas in the Ferry takes place this year on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm, and is an annual event sponsored by the Sneads Ferry Community Council. Of the many holiday events that go on in Eastern North Carolina around December, it would be impossible to pick a favorite. The different celebrations all offer something special to Christmastime revelers. For those who would like to avoid over spending and who are looking for an opportunity to have fun with other families during this jolly time of year, Christmas in the Ferry is a perfect fit.
- Location: Sneads Ferry Community Center (126 Park Lane)
These types of events are important because they are put on with the community in mind and occur only with the support of volunteers and local businesses. Although it has been around for years as part of Winterfest, Christmas in the Ferry has evolved over the years into the one-day extravaganza set for 2019. This will be avid Sneads Ferry volunteer Marion Dunford’s second year organizing the event. She and her team of friends and volunteers have been working on Christmas in the Ferry since February. Marion tells us that the hardest part of the work is deciding which of the many great ideas to include!
A set schedule for Christmas in the Ferry has not yet been officially released but there will be events and performances for the whole family to enjoy. The Dixon Middle School Choir will perform Christmas favorites and a dance academy will be present to keep the music alive. Games include a candy cane hunt (weather permitting) and corn hole boards. There will also be craft tables set up with plenty of glue, glitter, and volunteers to help children create festive ornaments.
Christmas in the Ferry offers a great place for members of the community to come together in holiday cheer. New this year to the event is the Cake Walk where visitors can see the works of local bakers and might win one to taste for themselves. Christmas trees that are sponsored and decorated by local organizations will all be lit and presented at the beginning of the evening. Attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorite tree. The winner of this friendly competition is given the coveted Christmas in the Ferry trophy and all the bragging rights it bestows (until next year).
Always one for making a big entrance, Santa will arrive via fire truck to meet with children and pass out small gifts. A professional photographer will also be present to take family portraits. The prints can be forwarded via email and the service is being offered for free. Besides concessions of hamburgers and hot dogs, the entire evening is free and open to everyone.
Help make this wonderful event all the more holly and jolly by bringing your family out to take part in the holiday cheer. Make sure to thank the volunteers and businesses who dedicate their own time and resources to making this year’s Christmas in the Ferry a memorable experience.
If you enjoy yourself then see how you can make sure that others do, too, and consider volunteering for next year’s Christmas in the Ferry. Even a few hours of one person’s time can really help contribute towards the success of these events. Christmas in the Ferry is run by volunteers and the Community Council are always looking for more smiling faces and bright ideas to make it a true reflection of the spirit of Sneads Ferry.