There’s no better way to promote a sense of belonging and strengthen relationships between families, neighbors, and generations than community celebrations. Goose Creek has woven traditional celebrations into the very fabric of the City. And while things may look a bit different in 2020, two time-honored traditions are scheduled to continue despite the current pandemic.
Bringing Community to Light
The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in front of the Goose Creek Municipal Center takes place on December 4. A pastor from Journey Church will speak about the Christmas story. The countdown to flip the switch on the lights will be led by Mayor Habib. Plus, revelers can enjoy:
- Carolers singing “Let It Snow” as snow machines let the magic fly
- S’mores making
- Christmas cookie decorating
- Ornament crafts
- Hayrides around the lake
- Frozen characters, Elsa and Anna, and Santa in his sleigh available for pictures
- DJ spinning holiday music
- Hot chocolate and cookies provided by Helping Hands of Goose Creek
- Food trucks
Everybody Loves A Parade
“We’re expecting around 75-100 local businesses, clubs, and school groups,” Event Coordinator Allison Carter said about participation in this year’s annual Christmas in the Creek Holiday Parade. It’s scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning on St. James Avenue and continuing to Marilyn Street. Carter adds that local celebrity judges will be on hand to deliver awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in “Best Float” and “Best School Group” categories.
Keeping It Safe
Both events will be held with safety in mind. “Our event staff will be wearing masks, and gloves will be worn for food stations,” Carter said. “And community members are encouraged to do so as well. Social distancing in lines will also be enforced.”
For those new to Goose Creek or considering relocating here, both these events offer a lively look at the community culture that’s thriving in this fun, Lowcountry city.