WINSTON/MARION - In case you did not know, Christmastime will be upon us soon. For those who celebrate, it is time to pull out all the decorations from storage, string up Christmas lights, put up a tree, and listen to Christmas music.
It is also time for all municipalities to have their annual Christmas parades.
The parade will be held Monday, Dec. 2. Line up will begin at 5 p.m. at Double Springs Elementary School. Judging of the floats will begin at 5:30, with the parade at 6 p.m. First, second and third place certificates will be given to car and ATV winners and plaques to winners of the following categories: light bright, reason for the season, best theme, most creative, Christmas spirit and a grand champion trophy for best overall float.
Immediately following the parade, Christmas in the Park will take place at the community center.
All the children receive a gift from Santa, and parents are free to take their own pictures. It is a time when the community “folks” can visit with each other.
The Double Springs Panorama Study Club is sponsoring the event. Refreshments will be furnished by the club, along with the Key Club, Kiwanis and Gateway Foodland. First National Bank will have elves, Frosty the Snowman and a puppet show. The First Baptist Church choir will be singing in the park which will be decorated.
The holiday season will be officially welcomed in to Arley when the annual Christmas parade rolls through the town on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
The Arley Women’s Club has presented the parade for several years. This year’s parade chairperson, Beth McLarty, invites everyone.
“Please come be with us as we welcome Christmas time to Arley,” she said.
Floats will line up at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Dollar General on County Road 41. The floats, representing local businesses, clubs and churches, will progress through town beginning at 6 p.m.
After the parade, a community soup dinner in the Meek Elementary School gym will feature a visit from Santa to hear children’s wishes and to provide photo opportunities. Everyone is welcome to these festivities.
Event co-chair Candy Newman says, “The soup supper after the parade is hosted by area churches and the Santa pictures are brought to us by Meek Baptist Church.”
McLarty adds, “It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.”
The Haleyville Christmas parade has been scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. Line up will be at 5 with floats gathering at the school and walkers in the parade lining up at the First Baptist Church parking lot.
After the parade, Santa will be at Haleyville City Hall with milk, cookies and hot chocolate. All are welcome to stop by.
The Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the parade.
Bear Creek’s Christmas parade will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, with line up at 5:30 p.m. at Phillips schools. The parade will be at 6 p.m.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the Bobby Bishop center for pictures and hearing want lists from the kids.
The Christmas parade at Lynn will be on the state’s birthday, Saturday, Dec. 14. It will start at 4:30 p.m. Line up will be at 3:45 p.m. at the school lunchroom
The Christmas tree lighting will be after the parade in front of the old town hall.
Everyone is welcome to bring an ornament to decorate the tree. Santa will be there as well. Leah and Spring McGraw are planning the event.
Christmas in the Park, the annual holiday event in Alexander Park in Addison, is fast approaching. For those who have never been, the park will have a live nativity scene, with train rides, food and other attractions, all for free. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, with a parade at 5 p.m. through town.
“We have barbecue, hotdogs, hot chocolate, everything free,” Addison Mayor Marsha Pigg said. “Santa Claus will be there.” Christmas in the Park will last until 7 p.m
The Alabamian extends Merry Christmas wishes to all.
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