The Christmas season is here and numerous entities throughout the area are preparing by organizing festivities for folks to celebrate with holiday cheer.
The holiday hoopla begins with the annual Downtown Middlesboro Christmas Parade on Saturday.
This years theme is ‘A Child Will Lead Them’ and Discover Downtown Middlesboro coordinator’s say they are looking forward to the ideas participants come up with to represent the idea.
DDM has been busy prepping to make sure the event is the best yet. This years hosts are Sam Turner and Debbie Hunter.
For those who cannot make it out to the parade, a live stream will be available on Hometown TV13.
According to DDM officials, the parade is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Cumberland Avenue and 15th Street. The parade will then head west towards 21st Street. Participants are asked to start lining up at 2 p.m. and be in their spots by no later than 2:30 p.m.
The parade lineup process will be expedited by participants being given a number of where to report to in advance. The numbers will be marked on the pavement so groups will know where they stand.
The event culminates with Santa Claus riding down Cumberland Avenue.
Just after the parade, Santa’s workshop will take place at The Big One 106.3 radio station located at Fountain Square on Cumberland Avenue. Members of the Bell County Chamber of Commerce have been busy decorating the studio this week in anticipation of Santa Claus’ arrival.
There is no charge for the event and parents can use their phones or cameras to take pictures of their children with Santa Claus.
Christmas in the Crater continues at First Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Professional soloists, an orchestra and audience members doubling as the chorus, will participate in a performance of Handel’s masterpiece Messiah.
The holiday hoopla continues next weekend, as Main Street Pineville hosts their first ever Christmas parade in conjunction with The Big One 106.3.
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