Downtown Canton will host a number of events throughout November in celebration of the holiday season, as well as the growth of the downtown area.

On Nov. 7, Nov. 14, and Nov. 21, Canton will host Bluegrass/Old Time Country Jam from 2-5 p.m. at Cannon Park, as well as Shop, Sip, and Stroll, which will have varied hours depending on how long stores and restaurants are open.

Canton Downtown Development Manager Velinda Hardy said Shop, Sip, and Stroll came to be through discussions with local restaurants that wanted to have a Christmas open house.

“What makes the Shop, Sip, and Stroll event special is the “sip” part of the title, which basically means that people will be allowed to purchase an adult beverage and walk around with it, taking it door to door while shopping, thanks to our entertainment district,” Hardy said. “Alongside Shop, Sip, and Stroll, we will also have the Bluegrass/Old Time Country Jam sessions on those same Saturday’s, where anyone can come and listen, or come to play. There are no requirements to join the jam sessions and it is free to attend.”

On Nov. 18, the downtown Canton Christmas tree will be lit at 6:30 p.m. Santa Claus will pay a special, socially distanced, visit to Canton residents in attendance.

“We decided to bump up the tree lighting to an earlier date this year so people visiting the downtown area during Thanksgiving could see the city’s tree and take photos with it,” Hardy said. “We will gather for the tree lighting around 6:30, and Mayor Bill Grant will say a few words. We will then sing a couple of Christmas carols and Santa will visit with the kids. There will be no close contact with Santa.”

Lastly, from noon to 5 p.m. on Nov. 28, downtown Canton will host the Beer and Wine walk in support of small business Saturday. Hardy said there will be 21 different stops offering samples of beer or wine, and artists will be at each stop as well.

“Event-goers will not be reusing the same glass when stopping for drinks,” Hardy said. “Instead, we will use eco-friendly disposable cups.”

The event will also include a pop up market, which will be located in the parking lots of the Jones Building and the Cherokee County Water and Sewer Authority. Limited tickets will go on sale soon. For more information and ticket purchases, visit the downtown Canton Facebook page. Proceeds from the Beer and Wine walk will go towards the city’s facade grant fund, which helps businesses to fix or repair their buildings.

Masks will not be required, but are encouraged. Social distancing will be in place as well.

“2020 has certainly been a challenging year for all of us, and community has never been more important,” Canton Mayor Bill Grant said. “I am proud that Canton has been able to provide safe and enjoyable events for our citizens throughout the summer, and as we head into the holiday season, our Main Street program and city will offer a wide variety of events and opportunities to safely celebrate the season.”

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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