Five Points will be transformed into a twinkling, festive winter wonderland Thursday evening.
A Starry Night will feature holiday fun for the whole family, plus special deals from local vendors, from 4-8 p.m.
“It is the second year we’ve done it and it came out of the need for a strong holiday retail event in Five Points,” said Amy Beth Franks, executive director of the Five Points Association. “We loved what our great neighbors in the Vista and Devine Street were doing and wanted to come up with something all our own so A Starry Night was born.”
Families can enjoy face painting, free carriage rides, a visit with Santa, holiday singers and dancers and free refreshments – as well as a break from the traffic and hassle of the mall.
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Santa Claus will be stationed in front of the Hootie & The Blowfish monument at the corner of Santee and Harden streets. A&S Tree Farm will has a pop-up tree farm at Gervais and Harden streets. They offer Fraser fir trees, wreaths and garlands.
Horse carriage rides will pick up and drop off at the Five Points fountain between 6 and 8 p.m. Also at the fountain, H&R Block will offer complimentary hot chocolate. Entertainment will be provided by the Shandon College Ministries Choral Group and Unbound Dance Company.
For those in a charitable mood, the Salvation Army will be on hand with its famous red kettles, collecting cash donations as well as new, unwrapped toys for kids in need.
Those who donate to Make A Wish Foundation during the event will be entered into a drawing to win naming rights for a star.
Local stores throughout Five Points will be open late Thursday, and are offering special deals. Visit fivepointscolumbia.com for special retail offers and a Christmas tree coupon from A&S Tree Farm.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State