BRIDGEPORT, ALABAMA

* What: Christmas Parade

* When: 10 a.m. CST Saturday, Dec. 7

About 30 units will march down Main Street Saturday morning in Bridgeport. After the parade, residents can enjoy hot cocoa with Santa and Mrs. Claus, when kids can whisper their wish lists to the jolly old elf.

You might want to get there a little early to take advantage of the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in the Civic Center. Between 8 a.m. and noon, Lions Club members and IHOP are serving pancake-and-sausage breakfast/brunch for $8 adults, $5 children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger eat free. Tickets can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit Lions philanthropic projects.

 

CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE

* What: Carols in the City and Community Tree Lighting

* When: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

This family event begins with a community Christmas tree lighting at the old Post Office. Afterward, the crowd can take part in reverse caroling, walking to downtown churches and other sites for choir performances before the finale at Courthouse Plaza, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with attendees until 8 p.m. To capture visits with the big guy, guests are invited to bring their cameras.

* What: MainStreet Cleveland Christmas Parade

* When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

This traditional holiday event’s 3-mile route starts at Bradley County High School and travels through downtown Cleveland to end back at the school.

 

DAYTON, TENNESSEE

* What: Christmas at the Courthouse

* Where: Rhea County Courthouse, 375 Church St., Dayton

* When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7

A full day of fun is planned by MainStreet Dayton starting with the Jingle Bell Run at 8 a.m. The remainder of the day’s schedule: brunch with Santa, 9-11 a.m.; photos with Santa, noon-3 p.m.; Christmas Critters pageant, 1 p.m.; entertainment in Centennial Park, 2-3:30 p.m.; and a horse-and-carriage parade at 4.

The day wraps up with candlelight caroling immediately following the parade.

 

EAST RIDGE

* What: Pancakes with Santa

* Where: East Ridge Library, 1517 Tombras Ave.

* When: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

The library may not be the first place you’d expect to find Santa, but the East Ridge Library is where he’ll park his sleigh for a hearty breakfast and photo session on Saturday. If there’s inclement weather, the event will be canceled so Santa can travel safely back to the North Pole. Required reservations (Santa’s making a list) can be made by calling 867-7323.

 

EAST BRAINERD

* What: Community Tree Lighting

* Where: Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road

* When: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

The mall isn’t the only place in East Brainerd to see Santa. Ole St. Nick is also making a stop at Heritage Park for its fourth annual tree lighting. Bring a blanket and enjoy the display and refreshments and music by local talents.

 

HIXSON

* What: Community Christmas Tree Lighting

* Where: Near Clear Creek Church of Christ, 5612 Hixson Pike

* When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

Open to the entire community, this holiday event begins with a meet-and-greet opportunity to catch up with friends and meet new neighbors. A program at 6:30 p.m. will feature sounds of the season performed by the Hixson High School Music Department before the festive evening concludes with the lighting of the tree at 7.

 

LAFAYETTE, GEORGIA

* What: Christmas Parade

* When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; rain date Dec. 13

Riders on more than 75 decorated vehicles and floats will give out candy as they lead the way for Santa’s grand entrance into town on a firetruck.

The parade route begins at Ace Hardware, 512 South Main St., travels north on Main through the town square before the route ends at Margaret Street.

 

LAKESITE

* What: Christmas Tree Lighting

* Where: Lakesite City Park, 2250 Blue Ridge Drive

* When: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

A longest popcorn string contest, ornament craft, seasonal food and drink, and photo-ops with a special guest are among highlights of the event, hosted by the city of Lakesite and Covenant Church.

 

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

* What: Holiday Open House at the Cravens House

* Where: Cravens House, Point Park Visitor Center, 110 Point Park Road

* When: 6-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7

In December 1864, Union armies remained in this vicinity preparing for movement into the heart of Chattanooga. Join staff from Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park as they discuss how soldiers and residents celebrated the holiday season under Union occupation.

Cravens House will be decorated in a manner similar to how it would have looked in the Civil War era. Tours will begin every 30 minutes between 6 and 8 p.m. Reservations are required: 423-821-7786.

 

OOLTEWAH

* What: Spirit of Christmas Parade

* When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

The city of Collegedale will mark its 20th annual Christmas parade with a new route this year.

The one-mile route will start at East Hamilton Park/Ooltewah Youth Association ballfields, run south down Little Debbie Parkway to Apison Pike and continue east to Ooltewah-Ringgold Road toward the endpoint at Ooltewah Middle School.

Secure a spot at the new Show Stop area on Apison Pike in front of Tractor Supply to check out parade performances. For more information, call 468-1921 or visit http://spiritofchristmastn.com.

 

RED BANK

* What: Christmas Festival and Parade

* Where: Red Bank City Park, 3801-3899 Redding Road

* When: 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

The city of Red Bank’s annual holiday festival at Red Bank City Park features family activities, music, food, vendors and a visit from Ole St. Nick. A parade of floats sponsored by local businesses, organizations and groups begins at 6 p.m.

 

RINGGOLD, GEORGIA

* What: Ringgold Downhome Christmas Expo and Parade

* Where: Expo in Ringgold Train Depot, 155 Depot St.

* When: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6,

After checking off some of your gift list by visiting vendors in the expo, stick around Friday night for the Downhome Christmas Parade from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nashville Street. The expo will continue Saturday, Dec. 7, in the depot from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

SEWANEE, TENNESSEE

* What: Old-Fashioned Community Christmas with Tree Lighting

* Where: Angel Park on University Avenue

* When: 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Santa Claus is coming to town, and the Sewanee Business Alliance is hosting an old-fashioned community Christmas party to welcome him. Sewanee residents will gather in Angel Park for the lighting of the park’s Christmas tree as well as the downtown village. There will be caroling, hot drinks, refreshments and photo-ops with Santa.

Help someone less fortunate by bringing a new, unwrapped toy or food for donation to Operation Noel and the Community Action Committee.

 

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN

* What: Tree Lighting Festival

* Where: Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave.

* When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

The Mountain Arts Community Center is pulling out all the stops for the town’s annual tree-lighting, which includes pictures with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, a holiday gift market and free refreshments provided by Life Care Center of Red Bank.

The MACC’s newly reopened auditorium will feature performances by Signal Mountain Middle/High School brass and strings, the Thrasher Kool Kids Chorus, the DuRoy Family Sing-Along, Princess Ballet and a teaser by the cast of “Frozen, Jr.” A short presentation will share the story of how soldiers during World War I called an unofficial truce for the celebration of Christmas.

 

TELLICO PLAINS, TENNESSEE

* What: Christmas Candlelight Walk

* When: 4-9 p.m.

Stroll through historic downtown streets illuminated by candlelight, ride in a horse-drawn wagon, listen to music and snap a selfie with the Grinch and Whoville characters at this town party. There will also be a live Nativity, lighting of the town tree, photos with Santa and a silent auction.

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