’Tis the season to celebrate

The holiday season kicks into high gear early for 2015, mere days after all of that turkey and shopping. So, instead of singing about those five golden rings, there are that many local Christmas parades for families to enjoy.


Officials with the Alexandria Christmas parade are pulling out all the stops for 2015. Santa’s sleigh may remain grounded for the evening, but it will be pulled by live reindeer. Also, expect to see several horses and mules.

The Nov. 29 parade starts at 2 p.m. There will also be a drawing for country hams and gift cards.


On Nov. 29, the historical Smith County Courthouse in Carthage will be the backdrop for the Smith County Hometown Christmas Open House from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Christmas parade starts at 5 p.m.


The Woodbury Christmas parade begins at noon on Dec. 5 at the Cannon County fairgrounds, and it runs along Adams Street to Highway 70 and then to Highway 53. You must register any floats for the parade by calling 615-563-2554 or dropping by the UT Extension office at 614 Leadman St. Due to insurance liability, there will be no four-wheelers in the parade. The day will start with the Lions Club pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Also, a map for the 2015 Tour of Homes will be available at 5 p.m.


Don’t miss Santa’s parade in Smithville on Dec. 5. Smithville Elementary School will serve as the starting point for the parade. Drivers will start to line up vehicles at 11 a.m., and the parade will roll out at 1 p.m. Call 615-597-6750 to register for the event.


The Gordonsville Christmas Parade is Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. along Main Street. All drivers and riders should be in place at 4:30 p.m. at the Living Waters Ministry Church.


The Liberty Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. Call Charlotte Bratton at 615-536-5419 to register.

Parade float drivers must see a Liberty State Bank employee during the day to get their number for lineup in the parade. Drivers will line up by 1:30 p.m. at the Salem Baptist Church. Hot chocolate, cider and cookies will be served on Main Street after the parade.