ROGERSVILLE - Santa will ride into town
for a pre-Christmas visit on Saturday, December 6 as Church Hill and Rogersville kick off the
holiday season. At 11 a.m. Church Hill will host the city's annual Christmas
Parade while Rogersville puts the finishing touches on an Old Fashioned Christmas.
According to Nancy Barker, executive director of the Rogersville / Hawkins County Chamber of
Commerce, the event will include caroling, a live manger scene, a children's Christmas store and
Santa himself on the Town Square beginning at noon. Christmas on the Square,
sponsored by the Rogersville Main Street Program, will include strolling carolers, pictures with
Santa from noon until 3:30 p.m. and a live nativity scene complete with animals from noon until 4
p.m., sponsored by East Rogersville Baptist Church and Hope Community Church.
Santa Land Christmas Shop, a small open-air store where children 12 under can purchase
affordable gifts for their families, will be located on the Town Square as well. Santa's
helpers will assist children in making their purchases, in wrapping their gifts and in making a
Christmas ornament for their trees. The Santa Express will be available for train rides and
elves will sell popcorn, cotton candy, and drinks throughout the afternoon.
The Rogersville Christmas Parade, sponsored by the chamber is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. with the
Cherokee Lady Chiefs Softball Team as Grand Marshals. Following the
parade, Joyful Sounds, the bell choir of the First Baptist Church, will perform carols as
Rogersville Arts Council conducts a traditional Yule Log ceremony. The
lighting of the Town Christmas Tree will be at approximately 6 p.m. on the Courthouse Square
accompanied by Christmas music and the reading of the Christmas story by Jim
Bowman. The Parade of Trees will also be on display in the lobby of US Bank
from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on December 6 and during the bank's regular business hours from 9 a.m.
until 5 p.m. from December 8 through December 18. Applications for the Parade
of Trees are available at the Chamber Office. Youth groups and school groups are encouraged to
participate and be eligible for cash prizes. Groups or organizations that
would like to enter the parade and have their floats judged are encouraged to call the Chamber of
Commerce at (423) 272-2186 for an application. The deadline for applications is Friday,
November 28, 2008; winners will be eligible for cash prizes.
Participants in the Christmas Parade will line up at Rogersville Middle School on the corner of East
Main Street and Warrior Street. At 4 p.m., the parade will make its way
down Main Street and end at the International Playing Card and Label Company parking lot on the
corner of West Main Street and Armstrong Road. For more information or
to receive a free holiday visitors guide to Christmas activities in Rogersville, call (423)
272-2186. Additionally, the Surgoinsville Volunteer Fire Department Christmas
Parade will be held the following Saturday, December 13 at 11 a.m. Fire
Chief Jason Johnson encouraged everybody interested in participating to line up at the parade site
by 10 a.m. There are no entry forms or fees required to participate.
Also on December 13, the Mount Carmel Christmas Parade will make its way down Main Street from
Hardee's to the Mount Carmel Fire Department building on Hammond Avenue.
Line-up for the parade begins at 3 p.m. followed by the parade at 4 p.m. A
reception will be held following the parade in the fire department building, where trophies will be
awarded to winning parade entries. Winners must be present to receive a
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