Hometown Holidays will be held from 1-6 p.m. on December 5 in downtown Matthews. This annual event features a street festival, a tree lighting ceremony and of course, the arrival of Santa Claus. There are games, crafts and other activities for children, great food and live entertainment.

The event is free to the public. The Town has partnered with Toys for Tots and will collect new toys for children who are in need at the festival. Just look for the drop off bins at the event.

Schedule of Events:

Street Festival – Downtown Matthews

1-4:30 p.m.

Tree Lighting Pre-Entertainment – Matthews Town Hall Village Green

4:30-5 p.m.

Tree Lighting Ceremony – Matthews Town Hall Village Green

5-6 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department and Presbyterian Hospital.