12cThe holiday season is upon Fayetteville, and with it, a bevy of activities to help ring in the holiday season. As the town gears up for the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” it’s the perfect time to get out and about.
For those who can’t resist a little four-wheeled fun, the city’s festive transportation offerings promise something for everyone, just in time for Cool Spring Downtown District’s third annual “Light Up The City” event.

The friendly storefront decorating competition lets customers and visitors to downtown Fayetteville vote on businesses with the “best-dressed windows” for a chance to win the coveted “Viewers Choice Award.”
Though the competition can be judged on foot, for those who'd rather ride in style, Cool Spring Downtown District has a few more tricks up their holiday sleeve that will allow folks to do just that.
First up is the “Sleigh What Comedy?!” trolley on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 and 8 p.m. Experience a ride-share like no other as Cool Spring Downtown District invites everyone 21 and up to come make merry aboard the trussed-up “Can Do Coldwell Banker” trolley.

Departing from 222 Hay Street for a hilarious jaunt through downtown, each ride will take approximately 45 minutes and feature the comedic stylings of Fayetteville’s own Kristi Howard. Tickets are $30 each and come with a complimentary drink.

Next, Cool Spring Downtown District and its coterie of elves are on hand to take merrymakers on a festive journey around Fayetteville aboard the Holly Jolly Sing-along Trolley. With musical elf Michael Daughtry in tow, revelers will tour local spots ablaze with holiday lights and decorations.

The 45-minute trip will be full of songs and good cheer; passengers are encouraged to dress for the season and come ready to sing along to a playlist of holiday favorites. The trolley sets out from 222 Hay Street on Thursday, Dec. 15 and Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 and 8 p.m. Adult tickets cost $30; $15 for children under 18.

These holiday offerings, while fun in their own right, speak to Cool Spring's mission to highlight what’s special about downtown Fayetteville while working to support visibility for small businesses. In addition to that lofty aim, it also preserves a bit of the holiday spirit so often lacking in Black Friday sales ads and Cyber Monday digital shopping carts.

“We get so excited about seeing lights in different neighborhoods around the city,” Lauren Falls, Marketing and Events Director for Cool Spring, told Up and Coming Weekly. “Why not enjoy the same thing downtown? Events like ‘Sleigh What?’ and the Holly Jolly Trolley tour let us showcase some of the wonderful talent we have here.”

Whether as a fun family outing or an excuse for a night out with friends, Cool Spring Downtown District’s holiday events are an excellent opportunity to create new memories and get into that holiday spirit.
For tickets and information, visit visitdowntownfayetteville.com/ or call 910-223-1089.

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