It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

By Kitsey Burns Harrison -

The holidays are here and towns throughout the county have special events planned to celebrate the season.

East Bend’s annual Small Town Christmas celebration will kick off the festivities on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Area residents are invited to gather at the East Bend Volunteer Fire Department to enjoy chicken stew, pinto beans, cornbread and desserts. Guests are asked to bring a bowl and spoon and canned food or non-perishable food items to donate to East Bend Yadkin Christian Ministry. A tree lighting ceremony will take place with caroling. Santa will be on hand for photos.

Yadkinville’s tree lighting ceremony is slated for 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Yadkinville town park. Refreshments will be available and performances of holiday music.

The annual Christmas Parade organized by the Yadkinville Fire Department will begin at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3.

The Boonville Business and Downtown Development Association, Inc. will host its annual Small Town Christmas event on Dec. 3 beginning at 1 p.m.

“Gather your family and friends and enjoy an afternoon of holiday activities in downtown Boonville. Begin your afternoon by shopping local at Boonville’s downtown businesses as you listen to holiday music and grab a cup of hot chocolate. From 2 to 5 p.m., bring the kids to see Santa and have their pictures made by the Christmas tree. Then get ready for the Reindeer Dash at 4:30 p.m. An unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots is all you need to enter the race. Beginning at Boonville Elementary School, the race will end at the Christmas tree in the center of town. Dress up in your favorite holiday attire to win the prize for best holiday costume in the race,” said Boonville Town Administrator Sarah Harris.

For more information about the Reindeer Dash, contact Shari Allen on: 336-631-9708.

Following the Reindeer Dash, the twilight parade will begin at Boonville Elementary School, travel down Main Street, turn at Church Street, and end at Boonville Baptist Church. All parade participants are asked to meet at the school by 4 p.m.

Harris said multiple Boonville businesses will have activities going on at their store throughout the day, including specials and prizes. Joan’s Pet Grooming will be hosting a pet holiday costume contest at 3 p.m. at her store located at 111 W. Main St. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded trophies, and ribbons will be given to all participants. BB’s Boutique will host a Country Christmas from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. First 10 shoppers will receive a special gift with a $20 purchase. Door prizes will be given out hourly, free embroidery on select items, and holiday refreshments served throughout the day. Boonville Flower and Décor will have special discounts throughout the store as well.

As this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Boonville Volunteer Fire Department, the current fire chief and retired chiefs will serve as the grand marshals for the parade.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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