Rocky Mount, N.C.—North Carolina Wesleyan College will offer a variety of free Christmas activities for all ages on Thursday, December 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Visitors may begin the evening by attending a rehearsal of the Wesleyan Singers in Leon Russell Chapel from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The singers will be making final preparations for their Christmas concert scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, at Wesleyan, and for the Candlelight Concert at Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg on Saturday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m.
The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts will be the center of activity for several attractions. A live nativity scene with live animals will be assembled in front of the Dunn Center from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., presented by The Bridge College Ministry of First Baptist Church of Rocky Mount. At the same time, the Battling Bishops baseball team will take children of all ages on a free hayride around the campus. Also the Garner Lobby of the Dunn Center will feature a mini-concert by the Joyful Sounds of Music Band from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Santa Claus and Dr. Dewey Clark, chairman of Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees, will arrive at the front door of the Dunn Center aboard a fire truck at 6:50 p.m. Santa will kneel at the manger and pray for a Christmas filled with love, joy, and peace during the season and the New Year.
Activities will conclude with a play, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” performed by The Wesleyan Players and children from the local community from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public.
Nativity scenes at Wesleyan such as this one have appealed to all ages and have included Wesleyan students sharing a manger with sheep, goats, donkeys, and calves.