Organizers of the Historic Hillsville Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting are doing their best impression of Santa’s elves on Christmas Eve as they make final preparations for the Dec. 5 events.
According to event director Jessica Talley, a portion of Main Street in Hillsville will be closed at 5 p.m. with stocking stuffing activities for children being held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mayor Greg Crowder said there would be a lot of really nice stocking stuffers for participants provided by participating merchants. The first 300 children to check in at the Town offices will receive a free Christmas stocking. Items suitable to “stuff” Christmas stockings will be offered only at participating businesses. The Friends Of Hillsville will also be giving out gifts in front of the Historic Courthouse starting at 5 p.m.
The tree lighting ceremony is set to begin at 6 p.m. with caroling at the Christmas tree slated for 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the parade starting at 7 p.m. Santa Claus is scheduled to be on hand at The Carter Home from 5 to 6 p.m. and will also be in the parade. Parade participants are expected to begin lining up at 6 p.m. at the County Government Complex and judging begins at 6:15 p.m.
The theme of this year’s parade is the “Sights and Sounds of Christmas.” Sam Dickson will serve as grand marshal for the parade this year. The parade’s route goes from Main Street to the VFW Post 1115. The Hillsville Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to man the fire pits for those wishing to make s’mores, courtesy of the County Recreation Department. High Country Funeral Services & Cremations will serve participants hot chocolate.
Hillsville Beautification Committee member Laura Sinclair said a window decoration contest is also being held by the group beginning Dec. 5,which will be judged on Dec. 12. The contest is open to businesses and homeowners in the area from U.S. 58 to Carroll County Middle School. Gift certificates from Pizza Perfect Restaurant, The Hillsville Diner on Main Street or The Hardware Company Restaurant go to the second- and third-place finishers. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 Young Guns will serve as judges for the street decorations.
The top floats will receive first, second and third place awards with a prize of $100 going to first-place floats in each category. A “Best All Around” award (for bragging rights only) will also be given out in categories for floats including most original, most religious and best theme.
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