To borrow a line from the old song, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Williamsburg as the first of several holiday events begins Sunday afternoon with a free Christmas concert for community members of all ages.
The University of the Cumberlands Music Department will present Christmas at the Cumberlands starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at the O. Wayne Rollins Center.
“We hope you, your family and friends will join us in this exciting, new tradition as we celebrate as a campus and community to welcome the Christmas season!,” a flier for the event states.
“This is a wonderful event for both the university and the surrounding community designed to serve as a remembrance of God’s gift to us. Mayor Roddy Harrison will host, joined by Music Department ensembles.”
The student and faculty member ensembles include: The Symphonic Winds, The Chamber Choir, The Percussion Ensemble, The UC Brass, The Chorale, and The Jazz Ensemble.
“We love this opportunity to share our talents with the community,” said Shawn Sudduth, Director of Music Education at UC. “The Christmas season is so full of vibrancy, warmth, connection and celebration. It’s wonderful seeing our students enrich themselves through the arts during the semester and then use what they’ve learned to help the community come together and get excited for the holidays!”
Cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be served in the Boswell Campus Center immediately following the concert.
Williamsburg Christmas Bazaar
The Fourth-Annual Williamsburg Christmas Bazaar that will take place Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Williamsburg Civic Center.
The event will feature homemade crafts, baked goods, Christmas ornaments and other items offered for sale.
There are still tables available for rent at the bazaar. There is a $10 set up fee for the first table rented and a $5 set up fee for each additional table with all proceeds from table rentals going to the Williamsburg Police Department Shop with a Cop program.
Set up is from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.
For more information or to reserve a table, contact the Williamsburg Civic Center at (606) 549-0530.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, the Williamsburg 2018 Feels Like Home “Christmas in a Small Town” Parade will take place along Main Street starting at the city school and concluding in front of the old courthouse.
This year there are $150 first place prizes available for best float in three categories, church, business and schools.
Second place finishers will receive a $100 prize and third place finishers will receive a $50 cash prize. In addition, the city is giving $200 to each school choir and/or band that participates in the parade.
“It is going to be the biggest and best one that we have ever had,” noted Williamsburg Main Street Manager Nannie Hays.
Applications to participate in the parade can be picked up at the Williamsburg Civic Center and must be turned in there by Nov. 30.
Participants must have an entry on file in order to be in the parade.
Parade participants won’t be allowed to throw candy from floats during the parade. Those wanting to hand out candy will have to have people walking beside their floats.
After parade festivities
After the parade Saturday, there will be free hot chocolate and apple cider at Bill Woods Park along with the singing of Christmas carols.
The town ornament exchange will take place during this time. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to bring an ornament in a brown paper bag that will be placed on a table, and then they will select ornament that someone else has brought.
In addition, that evening at Bill Woods Park people can place a memorial ornament on the town Christmas tree in honor of a deceased friend or relative.
Harrison said that after Christmas the memorial ornaments are collected and saved to put back up on the tree the following year.
During the Saturday, Dec. 8 post-parade festivities at Bill Woods Park, the winners of the 14th Annual Williamsburg Feels Like Home Christmas Decorating Contest will be announced. Judging will take place from Dec. 1 – 6.
To make sure that your residence or business is included call the mayor’s office at 549-6033 or the tourism office at 549-0530.
In the residential division, there will be three categories, including: traditional, modern traditional and “bling bling.” In regards to the “bling bling” category, think Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
In addition, there will be a best-decorated door award given out in the residential division and there will be an award given out for the best decorated neighborhood.
In the business division, there will be two categories, traditional and modern traditional.
Winners receive a sign for their yard or business and more importantly, bragging rights until next year.
Christmas in a Small Town
The Williamsburg Independent School Christmas in a Small Town program will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 in the school gymnasium. All school bands and choirs will entertain with performances of several Christmas classics.
This is the 22nd year for the annual Christmas concert.
A $5 chili supper will precede the concert from 12:30 – 2 p.m., and includes chili, chips, drink and dessert.
An Evening with Santa
The Whitley County Public Library will host An Evening with Santa on Thursday, Dec. 13. from 5 – 8 p.m.
Parents can bring their children to the Children’s Library during this time for a free photograph with Santa from Kevin Hays Photography.