CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES BEGIN THIS WEEKEND

christmasCHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES BEGIN THIS WEEKEND

Celebrations of the Christmas holiday will begin this weekend.

•The annual Christmas parade will be held in Carthage beginning at 4:30 p.m., Sunday (November 27). Prior to the parade, the Smith County Hometown Christmas will be held around the courthouse square and downtown Carthage from 1-4 p.m. A number of businesses are expected to be open during this time. Following the Christmas parade, the county Christmas tree will be lit at the courthouse. Also, Santa will visit with youngsters inside the historic Smith County courthouse. Prior to the parade, free downtown carriage rides will take place from 1-3 p.m. The Smith County Kidz Choir will perform at the courthouse beginning at 2:30 p.m. Citizens Bank will be open with various vendors. Also, vendors will be set up at the courthouse. The annual Polar Express Fun Run will be held beginning at 3 p.m. •On December 1, an after hours shop-a-thon will be held. Merchants in Carthage will be open extended hours, from 5-8 p.m. for shoppers.

•The 10th annual “Night of Lights” Christmas Parade will be held in Gordonsville on Saturday, December 3. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. Entry fee is a donated unwrapped toy for a boy or girl or donation of non-perishable food item. Donated items can be dropped off at city hall in Gordonsville. Donated items will be presented to the Smith County Help Center.

•December 2-4, a musical entitled Christmas on Main Street 1959 will be presented by the Smith County Fine Arts Center in the Hull Theatre (historic Smith County courthouse). The Christmas musical will feature Elaine Wilburn, Barbara Nixon Upchurch and Eddie Crook. Other musicians and vocalists will be performing in the musical. Show dates are 6:30 p.m., Friday, December 2; 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Saturday, December 3 and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, December 4. Tickets are $12 and $15 and can be purchased at Smith County Drug Center in Carthage. All seats are reserved.