You’ll want to carve out time during your Thanksgiving weekend to attend the 36th Annual Main Street Festival of Lights. It’s coming back big this year, with entertainment for families to enjoy during the day and evening on Saturday, Nov. 27.
Begin with a visit to the Farmer’s Market on New Barn Road at Main Street. Then finish your holiday shopping at the stores in town which will be holding Small Business Saturday sales.
There is an opportunity to help others, too.
“The holiday season is a time of giving, and our goal this year is not just to host our 36th Annual Main Street Festival of Lights magical holiday celebration, but to spread the most joy among children,” said Andrea Graham Rechichi, vice president of corporate relations at The Graham Companies.
“That’s why we’ve partnered with Neighbors 4 Neighbors to collect unwrapped toys that will be distributed to the patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital,” she said.
Katy Meagher, executive director of Neighbors 4 Neighbors, said the 29-year-old program was “excited” to be participating in the festival.
A booth on Main Street will accept toys for the hospital’s pediatric patients.
Festival events begin at 3:30 p.m. Kids can meet larger-than-life animated movie and holiday characters. They will also be able to get their faces painted and participate in arts and crafts.
Santa will appear at 6:30 p.m. near the oak tree at the blue fountain on Main Street to turn on the lights.
A disc jockey will spin tunes and the Hip Hop Kids will perform.
Main Street, east and west of Northwest 67th Avenue, also offers lots of dining options for when you need a break from all the fun.
The festival is sponsored by The Graham Companies and Main Street Merchants, The Miami Laker and Clear Channel Outdoor.
Parking will be plentiful and admission is free.