Come drought or high water, Lake Wylie will be celebrating this holiday season.
Each December, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s Lights on the Lake holiday boat parade launches from the docks at T-Bones on the Lake. This year will be the 28th annual event Dec. 10. But the one time in those almost three decades a parade wasn’t held, it was due to drought.
Chamber president Susan Bromfield said the event will not be canceled this year.
“Through ice, snow, rain, freezing temps, drought and 70 degrees like last year,” she said, recalling years of holiday boat parades,” the show must go on. We will adapt to the conditions, and make it a fun and festive evening.”
During the record drought nearly a decade ago in 2007, boat ramps closed on Lake Wylie causing parade organizers to cancel the event for the first time. A classic car show and land parade were organized in its place. Again this year, drought has caused all but one boat access area on the lake to close, including all ramps at Buster Boyd Access Area. But this year, holiday festivities on the lake will go on.
A land element, Christmas at the Lake, was added to the parade two years ago at the lawn of T-Bones. Area churches will perform music. A manger with live animals will be there, and groups provide warming tents with cider or hot chocolate. Canned goods will be collected for Clover Area Assistance Center.
“There will be ‘Lights on the Lake’ and a twinkle and reflection in the water,” Bromfield said. “T-Bones will be all lit up and decorated with thousands of lights. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there. There will be music and fun for all.”
Whether guests watch decorated boats circling the shoreline or docked at T-Bones, there will be plenty to see.
“Fun and safety come first so we will make it fun and safe for those who come out,” Bromfield said.
The holiday gathering happens 4-7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Buster Boyd Access Area and T-Bones on the Lake docks.