The town of Port Royal plans three events this week to start the holiday season with laughter, music and lights.
The Christmas-themed activities start at 6 p.m. Wednesday with the annual tree-lighting ceremony, featuring Port Royal Elementary School students.
The festivities will be at the school at 1214 Paris Ave. and will include carols around the tree, a visit from Santa, hot dogs, hot drinks and treat bags for the children, Mayor Sam Murray said. The monthly Town Council work session has been canceled so everyone can attend. About 400 people attended last year, according to town manager Van Willis.
"You see how important it is; we stop the workshop," Murray said. "We try to keep it a nice, friendly little town here."
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On Thursday at 7:30 p.m. "A Not So Silent Night Christmas" comedy show will be performed by the Uncalled for Trio at The Shed at 809 Paris Ave.
The golf cart parade, which Councilman Tom Klein jokingly calls "world famous" because it is so unusual, will be Sunday. Residents deck their vehicles with lights and Christmas decorations and roll along a route that ends at Live Oaks Park, where the party continues with a bonfire and hot chocolate.
"Most people were rolling on the floor in tears last year," Klein said.
The parade lineup starts at the Cypress Wetlands Amphitheater at 4 p.m., and the parade will begin at 4:45 p.m.
"It's hopefully going to just a good small-town good time," Klein said. "This is one of the better times to be living in Port Royal, in addition to everything going on over in Beaufort."
Although there is no official house decorating contest this year, Klein said several residents are already going all out with lights and decorations. He suggested visitors drive down 10th Street and to the end of Columbia Avenue to see some of the larger displays.