Horse-drawn carriage rides have come to Canton for the Christmas season. Downtown Canton will host Mistletoe on Main on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cannon Park.

A horse-drawn carriage and wagon will chauffeur visitors through downtown, showing off the rich history of the city, while showcasing the holiday spirit of the season. Lights and decorations will be seen throughout the tour, displaying the beauty of what makes Canton a special place to be, Downtown Development Manager, Velinda Hardy said.

The carriage and wagon will pick up and drop off on North Street in the parking spaces next to Cannon Park across from the Historic Courthouse. There are no reservations for the rides and they are first come first serve. The rides are free.

Guests will need to be in line by 8 p.m. to guarantee a wagon or carriage ride before the end of the event.

The wagon and carriage rides will last eight to 10 minutes depending on the traffic flow.

The carriage ride will seat up to six people and the wagon ride will seat up to 10 people. Neither ride guarantees a private tour of downtown due to the seating capacity, Hardy said.

The tour will also show off the brand new Christmas tree in Cannon Park.

“The Main Street Christmas in Canton committee voted to purchase a new tree for Downtown and the city,” Hardy said. “It is a 24-foot tree with a four-foot star that can increase in size if we choose to. Canton Public Works did a fantastic job in putting up the tree and decorating it.”

There is also another tree in Cannon Park that was decorated by Cherokee County Relay for Life that will be on display during the tour as well. Ornaments were purchased by members of the community to hang in memory or in honor of a loved one with cancer.

The two trees are some of the many Christmas decorations that will be on display in downtown Canton during the event.

Restaurants will be open throughout the festivities and gift shops will be open extended hours for holiday shopping.

Dec. 12 was the first day of the event and Thursday will be the last day.

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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