To the Editor:
Lebanon wrapped up a festive December weekend full of activities with Christmas 1 2 3.
Included in the triplet of holiday fun were the Festival of Lights, Christmas on the Square and the Lebanon Christmas Parade.
Attendance at the drive-through Christmas light display at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center saw its best weekend yet with about 225 vehicles, bringing the total number of vehicles to tour the display to well more than 500.
The Festival of Lights is open again from Thursday through Sunday from 5-9 p.m. Starting on Dec. 19, the drive-through light display will be open nightly through the end of the year. Admission is $5 per car or $10 for large vans or buses carrying 12 or more passengers.
The second component of Christmas 1 2 3, Christmas on the Square in Lebanon on Saturday, had folks enjoying the Historic Lebanon Tour of Homes along with a variety of activities on the Public Square. Holiday carolers sponsored by Crystal Couture strolled about, serenading guests, while Santa visited Dreams Boutique and Mrs. Claus stopped in at Lulu’s.
The elves came to toyland at Posh, while Trendz entertained with nail art for children and storytelling.
Shoppers also enjoyed live holiday music from Landmark Pentecostal Church and Cumberland Presbyterian, while dinner was held at the chamber office with live entertainment and sing-alongs with Terry Weeks of the Music Lab. Cumberland Presbyterian provided a live nativity scene in front of Neddy Jacob’s Cabin, reminding everyone of the true meaning of Christmas and inviting all to visit their church drive-through nativity Dec. 20-21.
The Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce thanks everyone for participating. The square was beautiful with all the lights and decorations. It really sets the mood for the Christmas season.
On Sunday, the Lebanon Christmas Parade, themed “A Taste of Christmas Fun,” went on as planned, with rain moving out in the morning hours to provide a period of dry weather for the occasion.
Winning the top prize for floats, the presidential award, was Cub Scout Pack 147.
In the church division, first place went to Landmark Pentecostal Church; second to Ivy’s Hope; and third to Dowell Chapel.
Lebanon High School FFA took first place in the youth division, while second-place honors went to Walter J. Baird Middle School and third to Girl Scout Troop 466.
In the Commercial Division, Middle Tennessee Repair and Renovations was awarded first place. Second place went to Wilson Bank & Trust and third to U.S. Community Credit Union.
A special thank you goes to our grand marshal Daryle Singletary and his family and to M.J. Lucas and Mac Griffin for being the emcees during the taping of the parade.
Sue Vanatta, president
Lounita Howard, marketing director
Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber