Lynchburg is a unique little town — old fashioned, but never boring — privileged to have an event of some description almost every month.
Although each has its own special flavor, for those of us who love Christmas, there is something irresistible about a small town tribute to this beautiful season.
Christmas in Lynchburg will be Saturday, Dec. 7. It’s a day set aside to celebrate the coming season and its chocked full of activities.
Register at 7 a.m. at the Gazebo on the square to participate in the Red Nose Run benefiting Cystic Fibrosis. You will then be ready for a hardy breakfast with Santa at the Masonic Lodge between 8 and 10:30 a.m. That’s sponsored by and benefits Moore County High School’s Project Graduation. The breakfast is $7 per person and pictures with Santa are $5.
The Moore County fce will be selling its 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 and a Craft Show.
There will be a bottle signing from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Jack Daniel Visitors Center, where the distillery’s seventh Master Distiller, Jeff Arnett, will be on hand.
Family and friends will be impressed with your Christmas cards this year if you take them into the post office Saturday, Dec. 7 between 9 a.m. and noon and ask for the one day only Christmas postmark. Another nice touch is to include a Lynchburg Event Card in each of your cards. They are available from any merchant.
From 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., C & R Buggy Tours is offering free buggy rides, along with some entertaining chatter. Let Woodye Bedford take you around the town on a tour.
From 10:30 a.m. until noon at Lynchburg Harley Davidson, there will be another opportunity for kids of all ages to have their picture made with Santa to benefit the Moore County High School Band.
If they don’t eat their costumes before the judging, there will be a Goat & Dog Christmas Costume contest at the Gazebo at noon. Sponsored by IBIS, winners will receive ribbons and prize money.
The day certainly wouldn’t be complete without Lynchburg’s annual Christmas Parade. Line up for parade begins at 1 p.m. at Lynchburg Elementary School on Mechanics St. Moore County Bank is sponsoring ribbons and prize money for floats, motorized and non-motorized entries. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. and make its way through town and across the square.
Don’t miss the renowned Flat Creek Contra Dancers on the Square from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. Also, Patsy Trigg, who, along with her husband Elmo Shropshire, originally recorded the clever classic, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” will be signing autographs at the Moon Pie Store.
After a full and festive day, enjoy the Iron Kettle’s annual Chili Supper, beginning at 4 p.m.
Then, at 6 p.m., celebrate once again the lighting of the town’s Barrel Tree near the Jack Daniel’s Visitors Center on Majors Blvd. Non-alcoholic snacks will be served at this family friendly community event.
For a complete schedule of Christmas in Lynchburg, visit <www.lynchburgtn.com>.