- Last Updated on 08:15 AM 11/30/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
The towns of Halifax and South Boston officially ring in the Christmas season with their annual parades this weekend.
Town employees along with Elliott Electric contractors were busy earlier this week putting up the holiday decorations in Halifax in time for Friday night’s Children’s Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony.
On Friday at 6:30 p.m. on the Main Street sidewalk in Halifax, the fourth annual Children’s Christmas Parade will get under way sponsored by the Town of Halifax and the Halifax Village Business Association.
Children ages 12 and under have decorated their wagons based on this year’s theme, “Christmas Past, Present or Future,” for the parade which begins at Patient Transport and makes it way down the left side of the sidewalk on Main Street to the Halifax Farmers Market parking lot.
According to Halifax Assistant Town Manager Denise Barksdale, the children will pull their decorated mini floats
made of wagons into the parking lot for everyone to see.
“Everyone will feel the excitement when the Christmas tree comes alive with sparkling lights,” said Barksdale. “Music will drift over the celebration, and you can feast on your favorite parade foods.”
All participants will receive a Christmas ornament and certificate for participation.
Judges will select a first, second and third place winner. Prizes include a $50 savings account for first place, $40 savings account for second place and $30 savings account for third place.
Parade applications are available at local businesses in the Town of Halifax or by calling 434-476-2343.
All wagons must be a normal size child’s wagon and must be pulled by hand.
Arts and crafts will be available for the children.
“We want to show what Christmas is about; children. We want to allow people to see what children can do. We want to focus on the children to get more children involved in more community activities. Children are the future,” Barksdale said.
And the most important part, according to Barksdale, is Santa Claus will attend the Children’s Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony Friday night in Halifax when he makes an early season stop in Halifax.
Following the parade everyone can enjoy the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Farmers Market parking lot and join residents of the Town of Halifax as they sing Christmas carols around the Christmas tree.
For more information or a children’s parade application, contact Denise Barksdale at 434-476-2343.
Then on Saturday at 5 p.m. the whole family is invited to celebrate “Winter Wonderland” when South Boston’s annual Christmas Parade gets under way for its annual trek through the streets of South Boston.
This year’s parade features entries of three marching bands, 27 floats, trucks, dogs and antique cars that will make their way along the parade route down Wilborn Avenue and Main Street, according to parade organizers.
Of course, the jolly old elf-Santa will make an early season appearance in South Boston as well.
Scheduled to appear in this year’s South Boston Christmas parade are entries including Dixie Softball Virginia Darlings State Champions, Aarons Creek Baptist Church, Berry Hill Baptist Church, South Boston Speedway, Cub Scout Pack 496 and several others with a total of 59 entries not including Santa Claus and horses.
Marching bands scheduled to appear include host band Halifax County High School, J. F. Webb High School Marching Warrior Band and Dan River High School Marching Wildcats.
Participants are asked to park behind the building and not to park on Main Street because of the parade and to arrive no later than 4 p.m.
Organizers said port-a-johns will be located for participants in the grassy space besides Valero on Chalmers Street and for visitors in the alley downtown in the 300 block, the one that leads back to the Farmers Market shelter.
Parade organizers ask entries to turn onto Chalmers Street by Enterprise Rent-A-Car to check-in.
For parade lineup information, visit www.downtownsobo.com.