Communities preparing for parades, lighting ceremonies

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"We have a Bolivian folk dancer group, a pit bull rescue organization, the Grinch, Lightning McQueen and, of course, Santa will be featured in a firetruck at the finale of the parade", said Lindsay Leach, special events coordinator for Spotsylvania County Parks and Recreation.

The 49th edition boasts new bands from MI, local bands, and floats.

The event also will include face painting, a balloon sculptor and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. W. It starts at Dwight Ave.

Elsewhere on Cape Ann, the man in the red suit's preferred method of travel is by boat, and next stop on his journey from the North Pole is Essex Town Landing on Friday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m., followed on Saturday, with simultaneous 1 p.m. landings in Manchester and Rockport.

The night before the parade, the Vikings will be introduced at the the community tree lighting event in Solvang Park starting at 5 p.m. Friday, and will flip the switch to light the 20-foot LED "drought-tolerant" Julefest tree.

The Lompoc Valley Children's Christmas Season Parade with the theme of "Winter Wonderland" will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday.

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Shinnston is preparing for its annual Christmas parade on December 2. The parade route runs from Spotsylvania Middle School to Spotsylvania Courthouse Village/Merchant Square Pavilion.

Road closures begin at 12:45 p.m. and public parking is available at the Holbert Building, Public Safety Building and Spotsylvania Courthouse. Then enjoy the parade, starting on Meadow Avenue at 2 p.m.

The lighted parade, or mobile neighborhood block party, will start at 6 p.m. and including singing Christmas carols ending at the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. on the Avenue of Flags at First Street.

"Shinnston has always loved celebrating Christmas".

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10, 10 to 4 p.m. or later, Christmas Shopping and Gallery Stroll, with promotions; 4 to 7 p.m., Twilight Holiday Inn & Cookie Tour, with freshly baked cookies, crafters, tickets, $25.

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