By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
This year’s Christmas on Main events promises a continuation of the fun-filled evening in downtown London. The event will be on Friday, Nov. 30.
New this year is a Snowball Drop Contest.
“C.A.R.S. has several hundred gifts and we will also have the Snowball Drop with prizes,” said London Downtown Director Chris Robinson. “We have over 2,000 ‘snowballs,’ which are actually ping pong balls, and each one has a prize attached to it. We will have two different categories — one for kids and one for adults.”
The Book Walk, an annual event for children, includes 14 stops at local downtown businesses for readings from favorite Christmas stories and kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Singing on the Laurel County Courthouse steps will begin at 5 p.m. and will continue until the Randy Smith Christmas On Main parade begins at 7 p.m.
According to Robinson, approximately 30 groups and organizations have already entered for the parade. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas at the Movies Part II,” a continuation of last year’s highly popular theme that brought a variety of innovative and creative floats for the yearly parade.
Downtown businesses will also offer giveaways and refreshments until parade time.
The festivities include the second year Lighting of the Jail, a long-time tradition begun by former Laurel County Jailer John Bowling. Current Jailer Jamie Mosley brought the tradition back last year and is continuing it again for this year’s Christmas season.
Following the parade, the Christmas on Main festivities move from Main Street to the London-Laurel County Farmers Market where the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree will take place. The 30-foot tall Norway spruce was planted in 1998 and will be lighted by the Mize family, who used the tree for their own property decorations until the city moved it to its current location earlier this year in the corner of the Farmers Market parking lot.
Of course, Santa will be on hand for pictures and to hear Christmas wishes at Farmers Market where games and giveaways will also be a part of this year’s celebration.
Robinson credited the Christmas on Main planning committee with London Downtown for their diligent efforts in the yearly celebration.
“We have such a good committee that Christmas on Main just sort of happens,” he said. “We hope everyone will come out and take part in the festivities on Friday night.”