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December 1, 2012

Signs of Christmas in city

GREENVILLE — The holiday season will officially begin in Greenville this week, with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting followed by the downtown Christmas parade.

The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 22nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday at the City of Greenville Police and Courts Building, 3000 Lee Street downtown.

Activities begin at 5:30 p.m., with a chance to take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage and for children to decorate their own Christmas ornaments. Free refreshments will be served and Christmas carols will be performed by a choir from a local elementary school.

The Christmas Tree Lighting countdown begins at 6:30 p.m., and the evening is expected to be capped off with a special visitor from the North Pole.

The annual downtown Christmas parade starts at 7 p.m. Friday, with theme of “A Storybook Christmas.”

Pre-parade music will be offered by the Phoenix Charter School, starting at 6 p.m. on the north Steps of the Hunt County Courthouse.

The grand marshal for the parade will be 2011 Greenville Worthy Citizen Al Swanson. Dozens of vehicles, marching bands, floats and equestrian entries will begin the parade at the corner of Bois D’ Arc and Lee Streets; then travel west on Lee Street; south on Wright Street; east on Washington Street and finish at Stonewall Street, turning south to exit downtown.

Plaques will be presented for the Grand Marshal’s Award for First Place overall, the Mayor’s Award for Second Place overall, the Parade Theme Award, the Spirit of Christmas Award and the Automobile Award.

No entry fee is required to participate in the parade; however, all floats must have holiday lighting and all entrants must be pre-registered  at www.ci.greenville.tx.us/parade.

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