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Cities, towns to brighten season

Chilton County’s cities and towns will be a little brighter this Christmas season, as several events are planned for November and December.

The city of Clanton’s Fourth Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Thursday, Dec. 3 in Corner Park beginning at 6 p.m.

“Each year over the past four years, we have seen numbers increase as far as people participating and acts that want to perform,” coordinator Barry Rowe said. “Each year the crowd seems to get bigger and bigger.”

Kids will get to meet Santa and have their picture taken at 5 p.m. An hour later, Mayor Billy Joe Driver and the City Council will light the Christmas tree, followed by an evening of entertainment.

Meanwhile, C&C Trophy and Sign will provide free hot chocolate to spectators and volunteers.

Chilton County native Sally Pitts of WSFA TV in Montgomery will emcee the event. Rowe said the entertainment lineup will be announced at a later date.

“We look for even a greater crowd this time,” he said.

The following is a list of other holiday events around the county:

Maplesville will hold its Third Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 3-6 p.m., followed by a “small town” Christmas parade at 6 in front of Maplesville High School. For more information, call (334) 366-4211.

Collins Chapel will kick off the season Nov. 28 with a fire truck parade at 5:15 p.m. and a tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. at the fire station and community park. Santa will be there. For more information, call 646-3139.

The Clanton Christmas Parade is Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Lineup will begin at 4:30 p.m. in and around City Park. Float judging will begin around 5. For more information, call 755-4051.

Jemison’s Christmas Tree Lighting is Friday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. near City Hall on Highway 31. For more information, call 688-4491.

The Jemison Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 12. Lineup will begin at 1 p.m. in front of the middle and high school, followed by the parade at 2.

Thorsby’s Christmas Parade is also Saturday, Dec. 12 with lineup at 10:30 a.m. in front of the old sewing factory. The parade will march at 11. For more information about the parade, call 646-3575.