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Collins Chapel comes together for Christmas event

The Collins Chapel community will be aglow with activity Saturday as neighbors come together to ring in the Christmas season.

The fun begins at 5 p.m. with caroling in Collins Chapel Community Park. At 5:15, a parade of fire trucks will make its way from the Chilton Research and Extension Center down to Collins Chapel Fire Department. Riding atop one of the trucks will be a familiar white-bearded fellow.

Motorists on County Road 29 should take note of the parade time because the road is not officially closed. The parade includes vehicles from several area departments.

At 5:30, friends and neighbors will gather at the park for a first-ever Christmas tree lighting. Following the lighting, Santa will be in the fire station to meet and greet kids until 7:30.

“There will be something for everyone to do,” said Mike Minor, Collins Chapel Fire Chief. “It’s going to be hopefully a spectacular night for everybody.”

The growing event is part of a larger effort to spur community involvement in the Collins Chapel area. Several public meetings have been held recently to discuss the community’s future. Another meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3 at Petals from the Past at 6 p.m.

Coordinators hope for a big turnout at all events, especially for Saturday’s tree lighting.