Christmas in Lynchburg offers parade and some new events
It’s fast approaching. Christmas in Lynchburg, a holiday tradition, is set for Dec. 7, just two weeks from Saturday.
The schedule still might have a tweak or two between now and the event, but many of the usual events are scheduled as well as some new wrinkles.
The parade is one of the highlights of the year. Grand Marshal is Alton Raby, Lynchburg’s oldest known World War II veteran. The parade will start at 2 p.m., with the judging at 1 at Wiseman Park. There will also be a meet-and-greet with Mr. Raby prior to the parade. The Moore County High School band will perform in the Gazebo following the parade.
Most activities start at 9 a.m., although The Jack Daniel’s Visitors Center and Bottle Shop opens at 8 for tours and bottle sales. There will be a bottle signing running from, 9-1 there.
At 4:30 p.m., the annual Barrel Tree Lighting will take place at the Jack Daniel’s Visitors Center on Majors Boulevard. It is said this will be the largest “tree” ever. Light refreshments will be available.
Some other highlights of the day are as follows:
8-10:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa at the Masonic Lodge, sponsored by Project Graduation. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Call 931 307-1040 or 615 812-1498 for tickets.
9 a.m. The Lynchburg Snow, a popular event especially for the younger set, at the Gazebo on the Square. It promises to be bigger and better than ever.
9 a.m. fce Annual Cookie Sale at the Ibis Building. Cost is $5 a bag of your choice of homemade cookies. The trees of Christmas display will also be held there as you can vote for your favorite tree, sponsored by Project Graduation at Moore County High School, all proceeds benefit Project Graduation 2020.
A couple of photo opportunities afford themselves. From 9-3, sleigh pictures will be made at the gazebo with a beautifully decorated sleigh backdrop. Cost is $5, benefits the Class of 2020. From 10:15-11:30, Pictures with Santa on a Harley-Davidson at the Lynchburg Harley store can be made for $3, benefiting the Moore County High School band. Use your own camera or cell phone.
Other events during the day: A Youth Bell Choir at Velma’s Candy; craft vendors at Lynchburg Event Center; nativity scene at First United Methodist Church on Mechanic Street N.; Kids’ Zone Activities; free buggy rides by C&R Buggy; collectible ornament giveaway; annual dog and other pet Christmas Costume contest; clogging; the post office will have special postmarks until it closes; storefront decoration and gingerbread house contests; and much more.
New this year is Twinkle Lights Tour for those who want to share their house’s Christmas Lights display. Decorations must be completed by Dec. 7 to be included in the tour map which will be posted on the Christmas in Lynchburg Facebook page. Contact the numbers above to add your name to the list of homes decked out for the season.
If you would like to add your event/activity to the Christmas in Lynchburg schedule, call 931 808-2359 or 931 247-8691.
The entire schedule will be printed in The Moore County News in our next edition and on the Facebook page for Christmas in Lynchburg.