This week, the city of Wilson is preparing for dinner and a show. 

The seventh annual Wilson tree lighting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28 at Wilson City Hall. Mayor Frank Schaaf said the city began decorating for the event this week.  

“We have some new displays this year and we just keep adding to it,” Schaaf said. 

The tree lighting will be followed by a 20 minute religious service and a choir performance. After the ceremony, First Baptist Church will serve hot chocolate and the Wilson High School band will perform. 

The tree lighting isn’t the only annual event to look forward to. The community’s annual holiday dinner will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on December 15 at the Wilson Schools cafeteria. Schaaf said the dinner is free and open to the public.

“Everybody is invited to that,” Schaaf said. “There’s always lots of food.” 

The meal includes turkey, ham, potatoes and other holiday staples. It’s a team effort, with city employees working together. Schaaf said he smokes about 13 turkeys for every annual dinner.  

“I smoke all the turkeys and we make everything pretty much from scratch,” Schaaf said. 

The city will also hold their annual Christmas parade on December 8. Floats will begin lining up at Wilson High School at 12:30 p.m. Schaaf said participants can join the parade the day of and don’t need to register ahead of time. 

“We just take them as they come,” Schaaf said.