Christmas season kicks off here this week

By BRENT MAZE,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

You can see it driving down the streets. Newton, Decatur and Union all have their streetlight decorations up. Christmas trees are popping up in stores and homes across Newton County.

Even the weather feels a little more like Christmas with temperatures near freezing in the morning and seeing some frost on our cars in the morning.

After getting stuffed from turkey and dressing and all the fixings, it’s time to turn our attention toward Christmas to celebrate the birth of our Savior. And there are plenty of ways to get in the Christmas spirit over the next 10 days.

It all starts Friday, when the Town of Decatur holds its annual Christmas parade. If you want to get in the parade, just show up early and get in line. If not, try to get there early for a good spot in downtown Decatur.

You really need to be there for the start at 5:30 p.m., as the Decatur Dollars drawing begins. If you’ve shopped in downtown Decatur over the last few weeks, you are entered in the drawing for some great prizes.

After Decatur’s parade, East Central Community College will have its annual Warrior Wonderland. The special celebration of Christmas will begin immediately following the Decatur Christmas Parade, about 6:30 p.m., and conclude by 8:30 p.m.

Warrior Wonderland will kick off with a fireworks display and visitors will have a variety of activities from which to choose.

Several East Central Community College musicians and ensembles, including the Centralettes and color guard, will be performing throughout the night on the music stage.

Then on Saturday, Hickory will have its annual Christmas parade in the afternoon.

Union’s Christmas program and parade will begin at 5 p.m. with the parade coming through town at 6 p.m. The chamber will be hold numerous events throughout the night, and performers will be singing carols and Christmas songs all night. And you can also register for the door prize drawing. The only thing you need to do is register on the night of the event and stick around for the drawing. You might walk away with a Christmas gift.

Newton UMC will have its drive-through nativity on Sunday.

Then Newton’s Christmas in Newton begins Thursday with its annual Christmas parade and then the Whistlestop Marketplace on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Join us in helping kick off the season.

Contact Brent at bmaze@newtoncountyappeal.com.