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Christmas traditions of visiting Santa, shopping and celebrating start this weekend in Bladen County

Small Business Saturday has arrived.  The annual commerce promotion started in 2010 to help independently owned businesses with their holiday sales during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.

The businesses downtown in Bladenboro and Elizabethtown have great sales going on for this Small Business Saturday. Starting this weekend some of the shops will have extended hours. They will also have open doors on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Shoppers can also find local craft vendors set up every Saturday throughout the holiday season at the Cape Fear Farmers Market.

Christmas parades will be marching through Bladen County small towns starting this Sunday.  Many businesses, civic organizations and churches will participate in the Elizabethtown and Bladenboro parades.

The Elizabethtown parade will be held this Sunday at 3 p.m. Larrell and Farrell Murchison, former East Bladen football players who now play for North Carolina State and Winston-Salem State, respectively, will be grand marshals for the parade. New this year, the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community get-together in the Farmer’s Market following the parade. Children will be able to visit with Santa and get a signed football from the Murchison twins.

If children miss Santa at the farmer’s market today, they can still visit with him at the Elizabethtown Fire Department. The free, public Cookies with Santa event will be held Sunday, December 1st, 2019 from 5 P.M. until 7 P.M. Every child will receive a free ornament.

Bladenboro Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:30. If you would like to participate in the parade please contact Amanda Sykes at 910-874-2627; Greg Sykes at 910-879-8502; Jane Walters at 910-648-4379 or Sarah Benson 910-876-4265.

Last but not least, Dublin has traditions for families not to forget to take advantage of this holiday season. Peanut Festival will have Santa on the scene with hot coco just in time to light their Christmas Tree. The Tree Lighting ceremony will start at 6 p.m. so plan to get there early. The annual Lu Mil Vineyard Light Show kicks off this weekend too. Take in some holiday cheer by driving through the light show, shopping at their candy store, and then stopping to visit with Santa. 

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