HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS, PARADES

HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS, PARADES
Carthage Parade Sunday, Gordonsville Next Week

The kick-off to the Christmas holiday season will take place Sunday with the annual Hometown Christmas and Carthage Christmas parade. Hometown Christmas is a time of merriment with holiday music, refreshments and live entertainment. Among the performers will be Williamson Branch, a bluegrass band based in Franklin, The Spot Kids (Carthage) and Amanda Crawford. Several downtown businesses will be open. The event will include free carriage rides from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The event takes place on the square in Carthage from 1-4 p.m. The annual Carthage Christmas parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. Lineup begins at 2:30 p.m. Lineup is at the Roberthaw property on Industrial Drive. This year’s parade theme is “Hometown Christmas”. Newly elected County Mayor Jeff Mason is grand marshal. Parade entrants are asked to bring a toy to donate to the Smith County Help Center. Santa will visit with children at the historic courthouse in Carthage after the parade. Parents are reminded to bring a camera or cellphone for photos with Santa. The community Christmas tree lighting will take place at the courthouse after the parade. Meanwhile, the “twELFth” annual “Night of Lights” Christmas parade in Gordonsville will take place on Saturday, December 1. The parade will begin at 5:00 p.m. Entry fee is a donation of unwrapped toys for a boy/girl or donation of non-perishable food items. Items can be dropped off at Gordonsville City Hall.