WINSTON COUNTY - Jingle bells will be ringing, chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire, all will be calm, Santa Claus will be coming down the chimney (or through the heating ducts or doors for updated homes) and all municipalities are planning their annual Christmas parades.
Snowflakes will be shining in Double Springs Monday, Dec. 3. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Lineup begins at 5 p.m. All parade entries should enter the Double Springs Elementary School parking lot, off of Highway 195.
Judging of floats will be at 5:30 p.m. The float for the Panorama Study Club, which sponsors the parade, will carry the one and only Santa. Certificates will be given to all float entries. A first, second and third place certificate will be given to car and ATV winners. Plaques will be given to the winners of the following categories: light bright, Reason for the season, best theme, most creative and Christmas spirit. The grand champion trophy will also be given for the best overall float.
“Christmas in the Park”, sponsored by the GFWC Double Springs Study Club, will follow the parade with a night of fun for all the community “folks” visiting and seeing the decorations in the park, including the life size Christmas cards. Santa will arrive at 7 p.m., and the children will receive a gift from Santa.
Garland will be strung in Arley on Wednesday, Dec. 5, for the annual parade. Lineup will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Dollar General parking lot on County Road 41 with the parade beginning at 6 p.m.
After the parade, everyone is welcome to stop by Meek Elementary School for free complimentary soup, fellowship and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A Christmas tree lighting is also tentatively planned for that date, making for a night of community fellowship.
The parade is sponsored by the Arley Women’s Club, which is also planning the soup supper and after-parade festivities. Area churches are joining in to help with the soup preparation and other events.
Haleyville city streets will be decorated for the parade on Friday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m. Lineup will begin at 5 p.m. on 20th Street between First National Bank and CVS. The Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the parade.
The drawing for the $2,500 in the Bonus Bucks program from the HACC will be before the parade at Haleyville City Hall, with a specific time for the drawing to be announced soon.
Santa will be in the Town of Bear Creek on Friday, Dec. 7. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. with lineup at Phillips High School.
Beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing during and after the parade, the Bear Creek Civitan Club will hold its annual bean supper at the Bobby Bishop Community Center. Plates will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children and will include a wide variety of beans, cornbread, slaw, dessert and a drink. Santa will arrive at the Bobby Bishop Center after the parade to speak to all the boys and girls, and a gift will be presented to each child. There will also be a tree lighting ceremony after the parade.
Red and green will be the colors for the Town of Lynn Saturday, Dec. 8, where the lineup of the parade starts at 4 p.m. The parade itself begins at 4:30 p.m., and there will be a tree lighting ceremony afterward.
Festive times are coming to Addison Saturday, Dec. 8. Lineup for the parade will be at 4 p.m. at Addison First Baptist Church on Highway 278 with the parade starting at 5 p.m.
“Christmas in the Park” will also take place from 4-7 p.m. with lights, a live nativity scene, free barbecue, hot dogs, hot chocolate and more at Alexander Park, located on County Road 41 north. Christmas in the Park is sponsored by the Town of Addison and several local churches and businesses.
The Alabamian extends happy holiday wishes to all.
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