LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — No sooner than the pumpkins could gather a bit of frost and the candy corn could magically disappear, focus shifts from one holiday tradition to another tradition — Thanksgiving and Christmas in a small town. And Lynchburg’s annual Holiday Kickoff is prepared to usher in the season this weekend.
The Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce has been working diligently to plan a day filled with activities to help jumpstart the holiday season, from gift giveaways, the Chamber’s annual collectible ornament, Project Graduation’s second annual High Tea, and of course the always popular annual Tour of Homes.
The day kicks off at 10 a.m. as merchants on the town square open their doors and welcome patrons for a carefree day of shopping.
Patrons can stop in at the booth/table set up near the Diamond Gusset Jeans store and pick up a Merchant Participation Card (while they last) and begin checking off the list of participating shops and businesses in order to grab one of the very popular Collectible Ornaments.
With a new design each year, these wooden ornaments have become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. And you can only get one of the 2015 edition ornaments by returning your completed card back to the pick-up location in front of the Diamond Gusset Jeans store between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Also this year, the Chamber has a select few ornaments from years past remaining, and they can be purchased (while supplies last) at the Welcome Center on the corner of Mechanic Street and Majors Blvd. near the traffic light.
While at Diamond Gusset or the Welcome Center, don’t forget to register for the Santa’s Sack of Gifts giveaway. Filled with gifts from local merchants, the overflowing sack of treasure has a $300 value. The drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Welcome Center (you must be 18 years old to win).
The second annual High Tea will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event, which benefits Moore County High School’s Project Graduation, will be held in a formal setting at the Masonic Hall on Main St. Tickets are only $10 and may be purchased in advance. For more information, call Brenda at (931) 212-5267.
Finally, no Holiday Kickoff here would be complete without joining the annual Tour of Homes. Tickets are $15 and the proceeds go toward the upkeep of one of Lynchburg’s most treasured buildings — the historic Jail Museum. The Jail Museum is operated, maintained and kept open through donations, and the annual Tour of Homes is its biggest fundraiser of the year.
This year, event organizers have lined up a unique and diverse tour that incorporates five homes, along with the Jail Museum and the recently renovated Lynchburg Bank building. Other homes on the stop include the Motlow House, the Tolley-Brown home, the Tipps home, the Jenkins home and the Manata Home. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Jail Museum and the Lynchburg Welcome Center.
For more on this year’s celebration, visit the Chamber website at <www.Lynchburgtn.com> or visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at <www.facebook.com/LynchburgChamberofCommerce>.