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Crisp weather predicted for Lynchburg’s annual Holiday Kick Off on Saturday

Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm

This year’s collectible ornament is this wonderfully crafted wooden Santa. The ornaments have become must-have treasures since their introduction four years ago. (Chamber of Commerce photo)

This year’s collectible ornament is this wonderfully crafted wooden Santa. The ornaments have become must-have treasures since their introduction four years ago. (Chamber of Commerce photo)

With a high predicted of in the low 40s on Saturday and possible snow flurries on Sunday, Lynchburg’s Holiday Kickoff couldn’t come at a better time. It may not be December, but it’s certainly starting to feel a little bit like Christmas outside.

On Saturday, the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce has plans to put everyone in Moore County in a festive mood as it hosts its annual Holiday Kickoff. Activities are planned in and around town from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

During that time, Lynchburg merchants will be rolling out the welcome mat, helping folks get a jump on their holiday shopping.

Saturday will feature a number of events, including the debut of the 2014 collectible ornament — a treasure that has become a must-have for many since its introduction four years ago — as well as a  drawing for Santa’s Sack of gifts, worth over $350.

Patrons can start the day by picking up a Merchant Participation Card at Diamond Gusset Jeans. Get the card stamped by visiting the stores with a picture of a Santa’s Sack of Gifts in their window. Return the completed card to Diamond Gusset between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., to receive the 2014 Lynchburg Collectors Ornament.

This year’s ornament is a Santa. Ornaments from previous years will be available for purchase while supplies last.

Moore County High School’s HOSA club will be wrapping gifts to raise money and this year’s MCHS Project Graduation will host a High Tea at 34 Hiles Street, just off the west side of the square beside The Moore County News office.

There will be Christmas tree displays as well as a Wreath Silent Auction display, which is new this year.

Tickets for the High Tea are $10 each and seating times are scheduled for 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Case at (931) 808-1543; Debbie Baxter at (931) 273-0460 or Anita Camp at (931) 224-6855. Tickets are also available at Jack Daniel Employees’ Credit Union.

One of the more unique events of the holiday season returns as well as the Moore County Historical & Genealogical Society hosts its annual Tour of Homes. Tour four homes, a beautiful cottage and the Goodwin’s General Store and Gas Station Museum.

Tours of the historic Moore County Jail are also available and are free. A donation is always appreciated.

The Tour of Homes — tickets are just $15 each — is one of the biggest fundraisers for the historical & genealogical society. It pays for the utilities and upkeep of the Old Jail Museum for the whole year. The only other funding comes from donations and membership dues.

Thousands of visitors each year tour the historic Old Jail Museum just off the square on Main St. in Lynchburg. A tour of the jail is a great compliment to a day spent perusing the shops on the square or a trip to the distillery.

Don’t forget, while visiting each participating store, register to win Santa’s Sack of Gifts, which is filled with more than $350 in gifts from local merchants. The drawing will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Welcome Center by the stop light just off the square.

For more information, check out the Lynchburg Chamber’s website at <www.lynchurgtn.com>.

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