Ring in the holiday season

Rock Hill knows how to usher in the holiday season.

Sunday was the final day and grand finale of ChrismasVille, the four-day celebration that turned downtown's Main Street into a seasonal showpiece, with a new sign on the Professional Building towers and lights rimming downtown buildings. The celebration included the annual Christmas parade, caroling and other musical presentations, artificial snow and, on Sunday, a performance by the Winthrop University ChristmasVille Rockettes and a candlelight tribute to servicemen and women and other "angels among us."

Hundreds of people flocked downtown to take part in the festivities and stroll through shops and galleries. Caldwell Street was blocked off so children could enjoy the events while well insulated from traffic.

All in all, the second annual ChristmasVille celebration was a big success.

On Monday, Winthrop University lighted its Christmas tree and welcomed visitors to the campus to hear carols sung by the Winthrop Glee Club and a variety of community groups. Then everyone moved inside Byrnes Auditorium for the annual Festival of Carols.

The seasonal events will continue throughout York County this week. Historic Brattonsville will feature its Christmas Candlelight Tours Friday through Sunday nights, with a visit by Santa Claus as he might have appeared 150 years ago.

Saturday is a day of parades in Richburg, Clover, Fort Lawn and Lancaster. Chester will hold its Christmas parade Sunday.

If you're not already in the holiday spirit, any one of these events should do the trick. Congratulations to all those who have worked hard to make the season bright.

Second annual ChristmasVille celebration in downtown Rock Hill was big success.