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‘Twas the Thursday before Christmas

  • A crowd gathers in the tent during the Thursday Before Christmas celebration near Central Park. Press photo by Thomas Nelson.

  • Noel Maier and her co-driver take Ana and Doc to park on Kelly Street while new rides come aboard, during the 2017 Thursday Before Christmas celebration. Press file photo

  • Folks head to the horse drawn carriage during the Thursday Before Christmas celebration. Press photo by Thomas Nelson.

  • Heartland Harmony plays during the Thursday Before Christmas celebration. Heartland Harmony is made of Lloyd and Elaine Nolt and their family, who live near Colwell.Press photo by Thomas Nelson.

  • Heartland Harmony plays during the Thursday Before Christmas celebration. Heartland Harmony is made of Lloyd and Elaine Nolt and their family, who live near Colwell.Press photo by Thomas Nelson.

  • Noel Maier and Kyla Salm drive Ana and Doc down Kelly Street during the Thursday Before Christmas celebration. Press photo by Thomas Nelson.

  • A horse drawn carriage carries Charles City residents and Thursday Before Christmas goers down Jackson Street. Press photo by Thomas Nelson.

  • Joe Low, the youth pastor at Gospel Lighthouse Church, lights candles in bags around central park in preparation for the Thursday before Christmas. Press photo by Thomas Nelson.

By Thomas Nelson, tnelson@charlescitypress.com

The Thursday Before Christmas celebration in Central Park provided some warmth on a cold evening.

The Gospel Lighthouse Church in Floyd is put together the celebration from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, and included local families singing Christmas songs and groups of children reading the biblical Christmas story.

The group reached out to Noel Maier’s horse and carriage company, out of Riverside, to offer rides during the event, and received permission from the Charles City Council to close a part of Kelly Street near Central Park.

Maier, Kyla Salm, along with two others helped drive the carriage around Jackson Street, up Blunt Street and back down to Kelly Street behind the tent where music could be heard a block away. Ana and Doc were the horses that pulled the carriage

The street was closed from noon Wednesday, Dec. 20, and will remain so until noon Friday, Dec. 22. The group had a tent set up on the street with a stage for the performers, including Heartland Harmony.

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