The 17th annual Christmas on the Square is set to begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 on Harrington Square in downtown Rockingham.
There will be arts and crafts, entertainment, food, and fun for the whole family until 4 p.m.
Entertainment will include Hamlet Middle School Honors Choir, a pet show, petting zoo and pony rides and the Richmond Cruisers will have vintage antique cars on display. The Knights of Columbus will be raffling off a building. The Lions Club Vision Van will also be on site offering free vision screenings.
For children, Santa Claus will be making all day appearances. Kids will also be able to enjoy the free Kids Zone where there is no charge for the super slide, castle jump, climbing rock wall and train.
Christmas on the Square is joining with Richmond County’s Toys for Tots chapter and will be on site collecting unwrapped toys and cash donations in lieu of bringing an unwrapped toy.
Vendors will have baked goods, food and refreshments, flower arrangements, handmade contemporary and native jewelry, holiday decorations, jams and jellies, military service memorials and soaps.
“I am optimistic that with almost two weeks left, we will reach 100 vendors,” said Carolyn Ford, Christmas on the Square coordinator.
Vikki Mullis, of the Rockingham Downtown Corporation (RDC), said the event attracted nearly 120 vendors in 2012. There are 80 so far but “usually the last few weeks or so, we get more and more.”
Ford estimated that some 2,000 people attended last year’s event. RDC Chairman Neal Cadieu said that for small-town event that experienced “weather problems” in the first few years, “it’s grown.”
“We don’t have a problem getting vendors,” Cadieu said.
Christmas on the Square is being sponsored by the Rockingham Downtown Corporation, the city of Rockingham and the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority.