Over the next few weeks, holiday happenings will be taking place throughout the area. The Herald Weekly will try to provide information for these events. Know of an event? Email it to news@huntersvilleherald.com.

Christmas in Davidson Dec. 1-3

DAVIDSON – Christmas in Davidson will kick off Dec. 1-3. The celebration has been a Davidson tradition since 1988, and has an estimated attendance of 20,000 visitors each year.

The event features performances to occur at Davidson Town Hall, opportunities for Christmas gifts at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Horse-drawn carriages riding down Main Street, ice skating in front of Fuel Pizza, among other activities.

The festival will run each night in the town from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information call Kim Fleming at 704-940-9622.

A Huntersville Christmas returns

HUNTERSVILLE – The annual A Huntersville Christmas will come back to downtown Huntersville on Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.

The free event features pony rides, magic shows, horse and carriage rides, a bonfire and more. Santa will be on hand to speak with children about what they want for Christmas this year.

For more information visit www.huntersville.org.

Toys for Tots in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, in conjunction with the Charlotte Fire Department and the United States Marine Core, kicked off their Toys for Tots campaign Tuesday Nov. 22 to bring Christmas to underprivileged children in Mecklenburg County. The campaign will last until the week of Christmas.

Residents should bring non-violent toys to the Police and Fire Training Academy, 1700 Shopton Road.

In Cornelius, donations can be dropped off at Zimmerman Family Wellness, 1031 Catawba Ave. The wellness center will provide a free examination with donations.

Editor’s note: If your business is collecting toys for Toys for Tots or you know of another organization collecting toys for children email the Herald Weekly at news@huntersvilleherald.com with times and locations for drop off.

Details: Tom Allen at 704-301-8931.

Christmas Vespers at Davidson College

DAVIDSON – Davidson College will hold its annual Vespers concert of holiday hymns and Biblical readings Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St. Prelude music will be played by the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and the Davidson College Chorale will perform in the service. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call 704-894-2848.

Angels and Sparrows collecting toys for Christmas

HUNTERSVILLE – Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen has begun collecting gently-used and easily-cleaned toys to give out to area children on Christmas.

The 514 N. Old Statesville Road soup kitchen will collect the toys from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., daily.

As many as 200 children visit Angels and Sparrows for meals and many of them will celebrate Christmas only at the soup kitchen.

For more information, call Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen at 704-918-0122.

Angel Trees waiting for sponsors

DAVIDSON – Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Faith and Families Group is looking for sponsors for the Angel Tree Project to help community families. The Angel Tree is on the bulletin board next to the church office. Specific instructions for participation are also posted on the board. Contact Stephanie Rollans at 704-892-5641 for more information. The church is at 100 North Main St.

White Gift Christmas Pageant

DAVIDSON – Davidson College Presbyterian Church presents the White Gift Christmas Pageant on Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 100 N. Main St.

Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Loaves & Fishes food pantry at Ada Jenkins.

Following the service, all are invited to the Congregation House for a soup and sandwich supper. Bring a monetary donation for the cost of supper.

Christmas Feast and Caroling

DAVIDSON -– A Christmas feast and caroling takes place at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St., on Dec. 14. A Christmas dinner feast will be served at 5:45 p.m. in the Congregation House. The menu is cider-glazed roast pork loin with roasted potatoes and vegetables. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Caroling to neighbors around the community will commence after the feast.

Noel for Neighbors returns to Davidson

DAVIDSON – Noel for Neighbors, Davidson Housing Coalition’s annual holiday celebration, will return Dec. 10. This holiday event began as a way for the community to celebrate the holidays with the lighting of luminaries while celebrating a good cause. Last year, the interest in Noel for Neighbors grew, creating more than 3,500 luminaries and raising more than $11,000 for the organization’s programs and services. More than 304 Davidson families participated in last year’s program.

Sets of luminaries, eight sand-filled paper bags and candles, will be available with a donation to the coalition. For more information, please visit www.davidsonhousing.org.