Lights at Mineral Springs Park

Selena Butler, News Writer

The Fuquay Mineral Spring Park will be decorated with lights from the first week of December until the first week of January. Everyone is invited to walk around and view the Christmas lights during those weeks. The park will be open nightly for visitors, free of charge, until 10 p.m.

With families coming together every holiday season, many people will come to visit Fuquay-Varina for the first time. Bringing them to Mineral Springs Park is one way to show them a part of Fuquay-Varina history. 

The spring was first discovered by Stephen Fuquay in 1858, and ever since, the landmark has played an important part in the development of the town. The spring was first believed to have special healing powers due to the high mineral content in the water. Many people traveled just to try the magical water. This resulted in stores, hotels, and other businesses being built around the area to service the growing number of visitors. 

The town has held numerous other Christmas-related events to celebrate the holiday season. 

To kick off the countdown to Christmas, Fuquay-Varina had its annual Town Tree Lighting on Dec. 1, and on Dec. 4, the annual Christmas parade was held for people to come together to celebrate the talented people and organizations in the town of Fuquay-Varina. 

The town also held its third annual gingerbread house contest where people competed to build the best gingerbread house. Houses that were built were put on display in the Fuquay Arts Center for people to view. 

Fundraising events and drives were organized for people to bring in toys, food, and money. Donations that were collected were given to families in need.

Fuquay-Varina has shown numerous ways to get the community involved this holiday season with activities and events that are mostly free of charge. Decorating the park is not only a way to highlight the town’s history but also make the holiday season accessible to all.