The Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce plans to get residents and guests in the holiday spirit with not one, but three holiday events on the calendar.
Christmas 1 2 3 consists of three events organized by the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and includes the Festival of Lights, Christmas on the Square in Lebanon, and the Lebanon Christmas Parade with country music recording artist Daryle Singletary to serve as grand marshal.
The 16th annual Festival of Lights opens earlier than normal Thursday and will remain open every Thursday through Sunday for the remainder of 2013, along with weeknights from Dec. 19 through Dec. 31. The popular drive-through Christmas light show is at the James E. Ward Agricultural and Community Center in Lebanon and is open from 5-9 p.m. Admission is $5 per vehicle.
Downtown merchants and businesses, along with the chamber, will play host to Christmas on the Square on Dec. 7 from 4-8 p.m. Patrons can enjoy shopping, visits with Santa, sending off a letter to Santa, storytelling, musical entertainment, Big O’s Concessions and more. Additionally, Mayor Phillip Craighead will light the city’s Christmas tree at 5 p.m.
A highlight of the evening is Dinner at the Arcade. Patrons can enjoy a traditional holiday meal in the Arcade for $25 per person. Recording Artist Terry Weeks of the Music Lab will provide piano and vocal ambience focusing on Christmas favorites to set the tone for a relaxing and festive meal. Dinner is limited to 50 individuals per seating, with serving times at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
In addition, ticket holders will be treated to a carriage ride. Tickets must be bought by Dec. 3 for the Arcade dinner package, including entertainment and carriage ride. Tickets are available at the chamber office.
Historic Lebanon will also have its sixth annual Historic Places Tour from 5-8:30 p.m. in conjunction with Christmas on the Square. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at the chamber office, the main office of Wilson Bank & Trust on W. Main Street and at the Historic Lebanon office on the Cumberland University campus. Tickets will also be sold Dec. 7 at the Capitol Theatre box office.
On Dec. 8, Main Street will come alive with the Lebanon Christmas Parade. This year’s parade theme is “A Taste of Christmas Fun” and begins at 2 p.m. From the old Lebanon High School, the parade will travel down Main Street to the D.T. McCall and Sons shopping center parking lot.
The deadline for parade entries is Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m. For a parade entry form, visit the chamber office at 149 Public Square in Lebanon, call 615-444-5503 or visit lebanonwilsonchamber.com and download the application.