WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- It’s called Christmas for the City, and that’s exactly what it is.
"Our goal is pretty straight ahead to provide a meaningful Christmas for the whole community,” explains Chuck Spong, organizer with Christmas for the City.
Churches, non-profits, and volunteers spend months planning Christmas for the City.
The citywide Christmas party is at the Benton Convention Center.
There’s festive music, activities and resources for families who may need help.
This is the first time Monica Gaither has brought her family to the event.
She has three young kids and admits the holidays can be hard.
"We don’t ever have a really good Christmas like this, where they get to enjoy besides just opening one or two gifts on Christmas Day,” says Gaither.
A Christmas celebration like Winston-Salem’s Christmas for the City means a lot to families like Gaither’s.
“For me this is a very big deal because my kids don’t have much around Christmas time but hey,this Christmas in the City brightens their face up.”
This is the fifth year for Winston-Salem’s Christmas for the City event.
Organizers expected about 8,000 people to come out this year.