Wilson County is ramping up the holiday season in a big way beginning this weekend.
All three cities will have special events this weekend to usher in the Christmas season.
In Lebanon, the weekend begins with the Historic Places Tour that takes visitors around town to some of the city's well-known landmarks and older homes. The tour kicks off at 5 p.m. Dec. 7, and interested individuals can buy advance tickets through the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce or the main branch of Wilson Bank & Trust. The cost of the tour is $10 per person. Tickets can also be bought on the night of the tour at the Capitol Theatre or at any tour site.
Ol' Saint Nick will join in the fun in Lebanon Dec. 8 for the city's annual Christmas parade, which will begin at 2 p.m. and journey down West Main Street.
In Mt. Juliet, the annual city Christmas parade will be held Dec. 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The route begins at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy and continues down Mt. Juliet Road, ending at Charlie Daniels Parkway.
Before the parade, Providence MarketPlace will have its Holly Jolly Christmas from 1-5 p.m. The event includes live music, free horse-and-carriage rides and pictures with Santa. Story time with Mrs. Claus is also on the agenda. Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty will light the city Christmas tree at 4:30 p.m.
The annual Christmas Open House on the square in Watertown will also be held Dec. 7 from 4-6 p.m. Santa will be on the square as well. There will be two other dates to catch up with Santa as he returns to the square Dec. 14 and 21, also from 4-6 p.m.
Lighting displays open to the community include ChristmasLand, open Sunday through Thursday from 5-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5-10 p.m. until Dec. 31 at 1130 Trousdale Ferry Pike in Lebanon and the Festival of Lights at the Ag Center, which is open from 5-9 p.m. every Thursday-Sunday in December.