LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — You hear it every year, “Christmas has gotten too commercial.” Turn on your television or make a trip to the mall. Your nerves will be frazzled and your head will be spinning with bright lights and irritating jingles. “Whatever happened,” you may ask, “to the peace and goodwill of Christmas past?”
The good news is that wonderful old-fashioned Christmas you long for can still be found right here in Lynchburg. On Dec. 5, the town Square will be all dressed up for Christmas, as store owners decorate their windows to compete for “Best Decorated Storefront” honors.
Christmas cards taken to the post office between 9 a.m. and noon will receive a unique Christmas postmark that will share our little town’s spirit with your family and friends.
Begin the day with a hardy breakfast and pictures with Santa at the Masonic Lodge between 8 and 10:30 a.m., sponsored by Project Graduation.
The Moore County fce will be selling their cookies in the IBIS Building, across from the Iron Kettle, from 9 a.m. until they are gone. In the same building, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy a display of cleverly decorated Christmas Trees. Register to win a country ham, sponsored by Project Graduation. Lynchburg First United Methodist Church will be handing out candy, coloring books and Christmas pencils.
There will be a bottle signing from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Jack Daniel Visitors Center. The White Rabbit gift shop will open for sales at 8 a.m.
From 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., C & R Buggy Tours is offering free buggy rides on the Square along with some informative and entertaining chatter.
At 10:15 a.m., at Lynchburg Harley Davidson, there will be another opportunity for kids of all ages to have their picture made with Santa on a motorcycle. Use your cell phone or camera. The $3 donation will benefit Project Graduation.
New this year, at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., Civil War author Dr. Michael Bradley will be at Diamond Gusset Jeans signing his book and telling stories for children and adults.
From 11-11:55 a.m., meet Demetria Kalodimos, this year’s Parade Grand Marshall, at the Lynchburg Winery. Kalodimos is the well-known news anchor at Channel 4 Nashville.
There will be a Goat & Dog Christmas Costume contest at the Gazebo at noon. Sponsored by IBIS, the winners will receive prize money.
Everyone loves a parade. Line up for the annual Christmas Parade will be at Lynchburg Elementary School on Mechanic St. at 1 p.m. Moore County Bank is sponsoring ribbons and $500 in prize money for floats, motorized and non-motorized entries. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in. There is no preregistration or registration fee required.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without music on the Square. “Just for Clicks” cloggers will be kicking and clicking from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. and the Moore County High School Band will entertain with a fund raising concert at 2:30 p.m.
After a full and festive day, enjoy the Iron Kettle’s annual chili supper, beginning at 4 p.m. Then, at 5 p.m., gather for the annual lighting of the Barrel Tree on Majors Blvd. This is a family friendly community event with light refreshments — no alcohol. The tree will be lit around 5:30 p.m.
For a complete schedule of Christmas in Lynchburg, visit <www.lynchburgtn.com>.