This year’s installment to feature tree lighting
By Leila Beem Núñez, Editor
The City of Manchester’s Christmas parade is once again approaching, set for Saturday, Nov. 25, this year to feature a seasonal favorite new to the event: the lighting of a Christmas tree on the square.
The parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 25, with the lineup beginning at 5 p.m. at the Coffee County Raider Academy, 865 McMinnville Hwy.
All parade entries were free this year, and the theme of the parade will be Christmas Movie Magic. First through third place will be awarded cash prizes in two different categories.
After the parade arrives to its destination on the square, attendees will get a special treat this season, with the lighting of a Christmas pine in front of the courthouse, facing West Main Street. The lighting will take place between 7:30 and 8 p.m., depending on when the parade ends, said Allison Dotson, involved in the planning.
“It’s a 25-ft. Rockefeller pine, and we’re really excited,” Dotson said, adding that the Manchester Tourism and Community Development Commission has been coordinating the lighting.
Dotson said the tree is an addition that Manchester needed.
“People knew we needed to do something. It’s kind of sad we didn’t have a tree before, and we really wanted to have that this year,” Dotson said. “We hope lots of people will come out.”
To accompany the lighting on the square, Dotson said, the Coffee County Central High School choir will be performing. Free hot chocolate will be available as well.
Manchester’s Christmas parade is this year sponsored by Lovelady Auto Parts, First National Bank, Law Office of Eric Burch, Al White Ford – Lincoln, and People’s Bank and Trust Company.