Holiday film shot here to be featured
Fayetteville’s annual street festival, “Host of Christmas Past”, will usher in the holiday season on the weekend of Nov. 9-11.
Thousands come out each year to enjoy the Christmas-themed festival, centered in downtown Fayetteville and offering something for everyone, from music, arts and crafts, to festival food, storytelling, a kids’ fun zone, visits with Santa and, of course, shopping.
A highlight of this year’s festival is the showing of “The Least of These: A Christmas Story”, the holiday movie filmed in Fayetteville in 2016. According to the film’s Facebook page, some of the actors and production staff will be on hand for the festival.
Described by the Dove organization as appropriate for all ages, the movie centers on Rose, a homeless single mother, and her young daughter, Katy, who discover hope in a small-town diner.
“They are befriended by a feisty waitress, a big-hearted short order cook and a storefront Santa who gets served a valuable lesson in forgiveness,” according to the movie’s synopsis. “Rose’s ‘chance’ encounter with a wealthy art collector could change her path, if she chooses. This magical Christmas, it’s the smallest one that teaches the greatest lesson we could ever hope to learn, opening our hearts to the power of forgiveness, of others and ourselves.”
Showings are set for Friday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville Municipal Building auditorium and on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
Numerous activities for folks of all ages are on tap for the weekend. Those planning to attend the festival are encouraged to visit the website, www. hostofchristmaspast.com, to download a brochure to plan their weekend. Brochures may also be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau or Fayetteville Main Street offices. The brochures include maps showing activities in each of several zones around town.
The festival kicks off Friday afternoon with the Elgan Brooks Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. on the Lincoln County Courthouse lawn.
For information about the event and a list of activities, visit the website at www.hostofchristmaspast.com or call the Chamber of Commerce at 433-1234 or Fayetteville Main Street at 433-7006.