Laurens SC – In spite of the heavy rain last Friday night, Laurens Mayor Nathan Senn and Santa were on hand to flip the giant switch and light the towering Christmas tree at the entrance to the City of Laurens’ Historic Downtown.
But the rest of the Christmas on the Square activities were moved to tomorrow night, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, and there are plenty of activities on tap for children to do as socially distanced as possible.
“Junior and senior members of the Laurens Raider band will be playing Christmas music on the south side of the Historic Courthouse,” said Main Street Director Jonathan Irick. “And to keep everyone safe we have activities spread around the square.”
Christmas on the Square is an event that started last winter as a way to encourage families to come downtown and visit some of the local businesses.
“Participating businesses will have treats inside, and we ask that masks be worn when interacting with anyone other than your immediate family,” Irick said.
Irick recommends beginning at Sister Chic, a boutique located near Verdin’s Too on Laurens Street, where children can open little boxes for storing the treats and cookies they’ll receive during the evening.
The Coffee Roost is sponsoring a hot chocolate station, and there will be a fire pit for marshmallows, on Silver Street, which will be closed to traffic during the evening.
Volunteers will be handing out maps to children so they can navigate all the stations, Irick said, which also include craft supplies for making ornaments at home. A Letters to Santa station will provide stationery for children to write letters and deliver them back to the big red Santa Mailbox in front of Southern Twist Boutique.
Children can decorate their bikes and scooters for a parade led by Santa at 6:45 p.m. near Verdin’s Too. Prior to that Santa will be located at Verdin’s Too for photos with children.
“Last year this was very well attended,” Irick said, “and because it was already an outdoor event, we felt we could make just a few changes to make it safe even during the pandemic.”