Other planned activities:
• Light the Night on Dec. 4 and 5 will bring musical performances, more lights — and some snow.
It will resemble the ongoing Open Streets, when the city closes certain downtown streets on Saturdays for strolling, shopping and dining.
“Typically for Festival of Lights, we would have 25 artists, we would have food trucks,” Matheny said. “We’re not doing any of that.”
Entertainers will include holiday favorites such as the Greensboro College Jazz Performers, the UNCG Horn Choir, Wally West, Triad Pride Chorus and the Silver Drummer Girl.
Catch the holiday laser show every 30 minutes on the brick wall of the parking lot at South Elm Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, the site of the new Greensboro selfie mural.
• Giant Macy’s-style balloons won’t be part of a parade this year.
But 17 balloons will line Church Street for a Balloon Regatta on Dec. 12 and 13.
DGI organizers want drivers to decorate their cars and join the regatta anytime from noon to 4 p.m., from the Greensboro Children’s Museum to the Depot.
Look for characters from CTG’s “The Wizard of Oz,” Triad Stage’s “A Christmas Carol,” Greensboro Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” Disney princesses, strolling carolers — and a 30-foot Santa at the end.