It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Lynchburg is no exception. A glance around the square at the festively-decorated shops is a wake-up call that December is upon us. Of course, the first Saturday in December is the traditional Christmas in Lynchburg celebration.
Who doesn’t love a small town Christmas? That’s just what visitors to the Lynchburg square will find this Saturday. The festivities will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the Red Nose Run benefiting Cystic Fibrosis. Registration is at 7 a.m. at the Gazebo.
From 8 to 10:30 a.m., kids of all ages can enjoy a wonderful Breakfast with Santa at the Masonic Lodge. Proceeds go to Project Graduation. A photographer will be available to take a keepsake picture. Later, from 11 until noon, you can use your own camera and take a picture with Santa at Lynchburg’s Harley Davidson shop.
If you take your Christmas cards to the Lynchburg post office between 9 a.m. and noon, they will cancel the stamp with a special Lynchburg Christmas Postmark and send them on their way. Also, from 9 a.m. until they sell out, the FCE will be holding its annual Homemade Cookie and Candy Sale. Don’t be late; these cookies go quickly.
Jack Daniel collectors will also be pleased to know that there will be a Bottle Signing at the Distillery from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
After a wonderful lunch at one of Lynchburg’s restaurants, get ready for some laughs at the Goat-Pig-Dog (any four-legged animal) Christmas Costume Contest at 1 p.m. at the Gazebo. This event is sponsored by the folks at IBIS, who are also offering ribbons and generous prize money.
The annual Christmas Parade will line up for judging at Lynchburg Elementary School on Mechanic Street at 1 p.m. Sponsored by Moore County Bank, there will be $430 in prize money as well as ribbons awarded for winning floats, motorized and non-motorized vehicles, animals and more. The parade will leave the school at 2 p.m., make its way down Mechanic Street, turn left on Majors Blvd. and arrive on the Square at approximately 2:15, with Santa himself as the person of honor, accompanied by the Coloring Contest winners.
For a fitting climax to a wonderful day, at 4 p.m. the Iron Kettle will be offering its annual Chili Supper.
And be sure to attend the second annual lighting of the Jack Daniel Barrel Tree at 6:30 p.m. near the distillery entrance on Majors Blvd.
In addition to all of these events, ongoing throughout the day – from 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m. – will be Project Graduation’s Trees of Christmas Display in the IBIS building, featuring beautiful and cleverly decorated trees by local businesses and individuals; a craft show in the basement of the IBIS Building, sponsored by the Lions Club; a nativity display and Letters to Santa at the Knotty Ewe.
As you enjoy this wonderful day, don’t forget to bring your Christmas list and shop at our local shops for unique Christmas gifts.
For a schedule or more information, visit <www.lynchburgtn.com>.