Greenville Gives & Tree Lighting Ceremony happening Friday

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Uptown Greenville and Greenville's Parks and Recreation Department are joining forces for the annual "Greenville Gives" and tree-lighting ceremony on Friday, December 1.

From 5-8pm, Five Points Plaza will transform into a Christmas wonderland with horse-drawn carriage rides, a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus, a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and more family-friendly events.

“This is truly the most magical time to be Uptown,” said Uptown Greenville President, Bianca Shoneman. “Greenville Gives will be bigger than it’s ever been with a Holiday Market, free horse-drawn trolley rides, and the opportunity to give back in the true spirit of the holiday season to six participating area non-profits.”

"Greenville Gives" is designed to be a time when the community will give back, and five local non-profits will also be set up to accept donations of things they can use to help the community in turn.

"Greenville Gives" welcomes donations at the event to the following non-profits: food for the Food Bank of ENC, Non-perishable food for the Salvation Army, Paper products and individual snacks for the Ronald McDonald House, unwrapped toys for ages 1-12 for Toys for Tots, face painting by Emerge, and Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County.