News and notes from Fredericksburg's entertainment scene
HOLIDAY PARADES PILE ON THE CHEER
We all know the holiday feeling that settles in while watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on our television screens, but there is no better way to celebrate the coming of Christmas than viewing a parade in person, on the streets of your own town and surrounded by your own community.
Many events burst with holiday spirit in every community, and these parades have it all: the lights, the trees, music, dancing and Santa Claus himself.
So celebrate this year at the parade nearest you.
PAW YOUR WAY THROUGH FREDERICKSBURG
Downtown Fredericksburg will be overflowing with local pooches and 100 floats for this year’s “Christmas Paws” parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The two-hour parade features a variety of dance groups, nonprofit animal adoption organizations and Santa and his reindeer.
“We love the parade and are looking forward to seeing all the great floats,” said Jennifer Adkins, parade co-chairman.
The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Caroline Street and continue to Amelia and Princess Anne, ending at Wolfe Street.
Proceeds go toward the Christmas Shopping Tour, where 30 homeless children are taken shopping for clothes and outerwear and are given a gift when they meet Santa.
SPOT YOUR FAVORITE TREE IN SPOTSYLVANIA
The streets of Spotsylvania County will be covered with horses, automobiles and floats of all kinds, while showcasing a variety of Christmas trees for this 36th annual holiday tradition.
During this Saturday’s “Spotsylvania Parade of Trees,” featuring 78 entries, spectators will gather along the route into the Courthouse area. Joining the festivities is the combined marching band of five Spotsylvania high schools.
“Over the past 35 years, the Spotsylvania community has been coming out in early December to line the parade route in the Courthouse area,” said Kathryn Smith, public information officer. “This is a great opportunity to see friends and neighbors, and get into the spirit of the season.”
The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Spotsylvania Middle School and continues to Merchant’s Square in the Spotsylvania Courthouse Village.
BOAT PARADE LIGHTS UP COLONIAL BEACH
Santa Claus is coming to Town Hill for the Colonial Beach Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade starts at 1:15 p.m. and features a slew of holiday spirit with a sleigh, fire engines and antique cars. “Santa’s Wonderland and Winter Festival” will be packed with family-friendly fun and includes a raffle, pony rides, music, face painting and even a gingerbread house providing treats.
Santa Claus will light the Christmas tree at 5 p.m., followed by a “Lighted Boat Parade,” where several boats covered in lights will float down the river.
“We try to add new things every year,” said Jean Conaty, who has been a volunteer for nine years.
The parade starts at Rankin’s True Value parking lot and continues up Colonial Avenue, then goes right on Washington Avenue, left on Hawthorne and left on Taylor up to Town Hill.
JUDGE THE BEST DISPLAY IN BOWLING GREEN
The shop fronts of Bowling Green will be covered with holiday spectacles for passersby and parade participants to see during “Frosty’s Hometown Parade.”
The event begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and travels along Main Street to Town Hall.
“There will be more than 50 floats, plus marching bands, fire trucks, tractor–trailers decorated for Christmas, and of course Santa Claus at the end,” said Laura Gifford, Bowling Green account clerk.
Restaurants will be open with holiday specials, and stores will compete for best window display and best Christmas tree, with trees donated from a local tree farm for the occasion.
FOLLOW A TRADITION IN ORANGE
The holiday parade is rolling into Orange on Sunday, Dec. 8, complete with marching bands, church groups, local clubs and fire and rescue.
“The Orange Holiday Parade is a wonderful tradition in Orange,” said Leigh Mawyer, tourism manager for Orange County.
Ms. Wheelchair Virginia and Santa will also ride in the parade, which begins at 4:30 p.m. at the courthouse on Madison Road and continues on through Main Street.
“It is a chance for the community to come together to celebrate the holidays with family and friends and to remember the loved ones that are no longer with us,” said Mawyer.
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT AT SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE
Nothing says Christmas like carols and candles at dusk, so grab a blanket and hat and enjoy the special Spotsylvania tradition of the Courthouse Christmas Luminary on Sunday, Dec. 8. The program begins at 4:45 p.m.
“The Courthouse Christmas Luminary is unique in Spotsylvania. The luminary candles provide a soft backdrop while the high school vocal ensemble and local, combined church choirs share inspirational seasonal music as the sun is setting,” said Kathryn Smith, public information officer.
Boy Scout Troop 171 will light the sidewalks with luminary candles at dusk, while the Chancellor High School Vocal Ensemble and combined choirs of the Sylvannah Baptist and Zion United Methodist Churches fill the night air with holiday classics.
“Everyone is invited to come enjoy this peaceful event at the historic Courthouse, but be advised to dress warmly!” said Smith.
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