It all starts Friday evening with the annual community Christmas tree lighting and caroling. The tree lighting is at 6 p.m. on Broad Street at the Post Office building.
For years now, this has been a great way to start the season. It features music, lighting of the tree and the arrival of the Jolly Ole Elf.
The giant tree lighting will be followed by reverse caroling, which reminds us of the reason for the celebration. It is a good way to usher in this holiest of seasons. Listeners make the short stroll and not the singers. The choirs will be posted at churches and other downtown locations. Be sure to include a stop at the bandstand on the Courthouse Plaza to visit Santa and bring a camera.
The annual Christmas parade continues the festivities on Saturday. The bands, the floats and the marchers leave Bradley Central High School at 6 p.m., following the same downtown route as in past years. There is a map of the parade route on MainStreet Cleveland's website, mainstreetcleveland.com, plus other holiday information, including Lee University's Christmas concert Sunday afternoon.
This special weekend is also an opportunity to enjoy our historic downtown and celebrate Cleveland's friendly spirit everywhere in the city.
I want to offer a special thank you in advance to all the schools, churches, businesses, MainStreet Cleveland and our public servants who work hard to make the weekend, and the Christmas season, a safe and special time for everyone in “The City With Spirit.”