From Staff Reports
MainStreet Cleveland has planned a weekend of Christmas events in historic downtown that are sure to kick off the holiday season with fun and charm.Carols in the City and the Community Tree Lighting …
From Staff Reports
MainStreet Cleveland has planned a weekend of Christmas events in historic downtown that are sure to kick off the holiday season with fun and charm.Carols in the City and the Community Tree Lighting are set for Friday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., and begins at the steps of the Post Office on Broad Street. Christmas greetings will be given by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland and Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are the special guests and help light the giant tree beside the front steps. The First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir kicks off the evening of music with a performance at the Post Office steps.
Once the tree is lit the audience will enjoy choir performances at the churches in Historic Downtown Cleveland. In “reverse caroling” fashion, the audience will walk together to Broad Street United Methodist Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, Lee Carolers at Pangle Hall, and end at the Courthouse Plaza with the finale by North Cleveland Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir.
“This unique event is so heartwarming and charming,” explained Melissa Woody, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau and event chairperson. “It will definitely fill you with joy and a warm holiday spirit. We look forward to a wonderful evening.”
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the bandstand at the Courthouse Plaza to greet children and for photos. Parents should bring cameras to capture this special visit with Santa. The Tennessee Christian Preparatory School Elementary Chorus will be performing near the bandstand.
There will also be free Carriage rides around the courthouse square until 8 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 2, the annual Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. and travels through historic downtown. It’s one of Cleveland’s longest running and most popular holiday traditions.
“So much creativity and hard work goes into these floats. It is truly a festive event,” said Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland. All parade entries will feature holiday lights and decorations.
The parade departs from Bradley Central High School, travels north on South Lee Highway to Third Street, north on Ocoee Street, around the monument, south on Broad Street, continues on to Inman Street, and back to South Lee Highway to the school.
For more information on how to enter call the Mainstreet office at 479-1000 or visit the website at www.mainstreetcleveland.com
The weekend of holiday events concludes with the Lee University School of Music presenting its 28th annual “A Classic Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. in the Conn Center.
Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required due to limited seating. For ticket reservation and information call the box office at 423-614-8343.
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