A number of Christmas parades and other holiday events are scheduled in towns around the county with the first ones set for this weekend.
Town of Double Springs and the Panorama Study Club will kick things off with the crowning of Queen Merry Christmas at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in front of the Winston County Courthouse and will then light the town’s Christmas tree. The queen is selected by students of Winston County High School in a vote.
The Double Springs Christmas parade will be Monday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. Lineup is at 5 p.m. at the elementary school. Float and vehicle judging starts at 5:30 p.m. All entries must be decorated.
The Double Springs Study Club’s Christmas in the Park also starts at 6 p.m. that night in the
Mike Gilbreath Memorial Park and can be enjoyed each evening through January 2. This year, it will include 25 Fraser fir trees decorated by area businesses and other organizations.
Lynn’s Christmas parade will be Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Lineup is at 6 p.m. behind Lynn Schools. Families with children can come out at 5 p.m. to take pictures with Santa by the tree in front of Town Hall. Next door at the old Town Hall, the Community B’s Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a free concession stand for children, providing treats, possibly including popcorn, and drinks while they last. After the parade, the auxiliary will hold a drawing for prizes in front of the old Town Hall. This drawing is free to enter that night. The auxiliary is also selling chances on $100 to raise money to provide toys and necessities to children in need this holiday season. That drawing will also be held after the parade. The cost is $1 per chance or $5 for ten chances; they can be purchased in advance at the Town Hall or after the parade before the drawing. You do not have to be present to win the $100 prize if you buy chances in advance.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold a Holiday Decorating with Nature event from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Double Springs Municipal Building. The cost is $20. Regional Extension Agent and Horticulturist Jayne Luetzow will teach participants to make either a wreath, garland or door swag to take home.
Arley’s Christmas parade will be Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. Lineup is at 4:30 p.m. in the Dollar General/Smith Lake Flea Market parking lot. After the parade, the Arley Women’s Club and local churches will host a complimentary soup supper in the Meek Elementary School gym. Santa will be there to meet children and have photos made. In case of rain, the parade will be canceled and the soup supper will begin at 5 p.m.
Addison’s Christmas parade will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Lineup is at 4 p.m. at Addison First Baptist Church. Christmas in the Park will be from 4-7 p.m. that evening in Alexander Park. This entirely complimentary event will include a children’s train ride through the Christmas lights, Talley-Ho Farms’ petting zoo and cow cars, and free hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks, including hot chocolate and coffee, and possibly popcorn, cookies and other treats. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos, and children will also be able to write a letter to Santa during the event.
Bear Creek's Christmas parade will also be on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m., with lineup at 4:15 p.m. at Phillips High School.
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