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Home for Christmas - Kings Mountain
The Christmas holiday season always seems to be a lot brighter in Kings Mountain, whether it’s the shimmering lights throughout the downtown or the bright smiles of the little ones, as they greet Santa when he arrives on his Fire Truck Express!  The “Home for Christmas” celebration in Kings Mountain always kicks off with the Children’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Mauney Memorial Library with all the decorations lit on Thanksgiving Eve. 
This year, on Saturday, December 1, the Kings Mountain Family YMCA will kick off the 12th annual “Jingle Bell Rockin’ Run” at 10:00 AM with a 10k and 5k run through the tree-lined streets of the West End Historic District with the start and finish at Patriots Park. A new entry to the west side of the park has been finished, in conjunction with the new restroom facilities and newly dedicated Patriots Memorial, and will be utilized in the race course.
The Kings Mountain Historical Museum will also have activities planned for that Saturday with an encampment of Civil War re-enactors with the 38th NC Regiment and a variety of period craft demonstrations, at the Commons behind the main exhibit hall. Following the annual Christmas parade, the museum will re-open for candlelight tours of the Robert Barber Log House.  The “Toys, Games & Trains” exhibit and model railway will be open throughout the holiday season as well.
The Southern Arts Society will be open throughout the Christmas season with “Art for Christmas” at the old Southern Railway Station. This depot has been transformed from a gallery to a holiday gift shop full of artistic, unique gift items handmade by local artists.  Affordable art abounds!
Also on Saturday, December 1, from 11:00AM until 1:00PM, there will be a reception and Dutch treat luncheon at 238 Cherokee Grill (the old Battleground building) honoring Greco-Roman wrestler, Olympic Champion and former Kings Mountain resident Dremiel “Bam–Bam” Byers.  This will be an opportunity for the community to welcome and congratulate Bam-Bam on his Olympic and Team USA Wrestling successes. This 1993 graduate of Kings Mountain High School will later be escorted by the high school wrestling team during the annual Kings Mountain Christmas Parade.
The annual Kings Mountain Christmas Parade will also be a part of the December 1st activities, beginning at 3:00PM.  Over 100 entries are expected including the Greenville CYO, the Loch Norman Pipe Band and the Kings Mountain High School Marching Band.  Stepping off the parade will be the color guard from the Marine Corp League NC Foothills Detachment 1164. Veterans are welcome to ride in the Marine transport truck in the parade.  From the “Ghost Busters” white Cadillac ambulance to dignitaries to beauty queens and some of the best local dance groups, in all their Christmas sparkles, will be joining the other participants in one of the largest parades in the county.  Of course, Santa will be there in his Fire Truck Express!  Christmas just couldn’t be brighter than when you come “Home for Christmas – Kings Mountain”.

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