The streets in Loris were lined with thrilled children and happy adults Friday night as they enjoyed the annual Christmas parade under nearly perfect weather conditions.
While many parades across the state that were supposed to take place over the weekend were delayed or cancelled due to rain on Saturday and Sunday, the Loris parade was held before the weather worsened.
The evening began with Christmas caroling and the tree lighting ceremony.
There were special performances by Nyjah Asbury, Savannah Turner, Miss Loris Bog-Off Festival Teen Sarah Carroll, and Reclaim Ministries.
A brief message and prayer were delivered by Mrs. Terry McLean from CAPTURE, Inc.
She noted that many people in Loris are still recovering from this year’s flooding.
“Many of you are still trying to bounce back. Many are trying to move forward. In this season and in this Christmas time, we pray you will embrace the gift. The gift that will cause you to bounce back and be encouraged,” she said referring to the birth of Christ. “Whatever your situation is, I want you to know you have the gift and because of that you can bounce back.”
Mayor Henry Nichols greeted the crowd and later flipped the switch lighting the tree.
Don’t forget, once again this year, Santa’s House -- provided by Discount Building Supplies -- is located in the area of Main and Broad streets. The painting is provided by E-Z Trench. The decorations in the house are courtesy of Loris Florist.
Santa’s House will be open 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. each Friday and 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. each Saturday. It will be open noon until 8 p.m., Dec. 20-22.