Danville kicks-off the holiday season
DANVILLE, Va. -- (WSET) Danville's annual tree lighting event kicked-off the Christmas festivities this weekend at the Main Street Plaza.
There was music, treats and even photos with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
Hundreds were there and feeling the Christmas spirit.
"I'd really like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas," Elliott Thomas, 8, said.
Elliott said he enjoys spending time with his family at these types of events during the holidays.
"We just came here to see Santa and to listen to my schools band play," Elliott said.
At the tree lighting there were multiple live musical performances by local musicians and school groups spreading the Christmas cheer.
Cynthia Wright's son William and his school band, Forest Elementary School, played for the crowd of people.
"Being together with family is very important and just sharing time together and making memories together," Wright said.
After the tree lighting, many people made their way onto the Riverwalk Trail for the Luminaria Trail Walk which goes all the way to the community market where an ice skating rink is set-up.
"We walked, hung out, watched people sing and we had a lot of hot chocolate," Lindsey Evans, 10, from Chatham said.
The ice skating rink is new this year, but it is made out of synthetic ice, which is pretty similar to the real thing.
Jaden and Julia Shackelford, who live in Danville, recommend giving the ice skating rink a try.
"I thought I was going to fall a whole lot... but we met up with some friends and we had a good old time," Jaden, 13, said.
"I only fell twice," Julia said. "I had to hold onto the rails a lot though."
Allison Keesee, 9, said she also enjoyed skating.
"I was scared at first, but then once I got on it was better," Allison said.
It costs $2.00 to ice skate for a 20-minute session.
"They have nice music and it's fun to sing to with your friends as you hold onto rails," Jaden said.
"I'm probably going to go Monday night with some of my friends maybe, and it looks really fun, even though a lot of people are falling... so I don't want to like break anything [because of] dance,"Lindsey said.
The ice skating rink will remain open seven days a week until January 2nd.