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Communities plan Christmas festivities

By Staff | Dec 3, 2014

Santa Claus will be the special guest at all local holiday activities held this year.

Local communities have planned several Christmas holiday activities for residents to participate in and enjoy.

The Sistersville Community Service Organization will sponsor the Sistersville Christmas Parade with the theme “A Picture Perfect Christmas” on Friday in the downtown area. Since no one paints a prettier picture of Sistersville than city residents, David and Audist Pancake, the two of them have been named the Parade Marshal’s for this years event.

Tyler Consolidated High School’s Marching Silver Knight band will lead the parade along Wells St. as is tradition at 7 p.m. Floats and parade units will meet to line-up at the Ferry landing at 6:30 p.m. Businesses, organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate in the parade.

As further encouragement to get parade entries, cash prizes will be given to the four most popular units in the parade: first place, $50; and 2nd through 4th place, $25 each.

Shortly before the parade the City of Sistersville will be holding a celebration in front of the City Building on 200 Diamond Street.

Several local entertainers will begin singing Christmas songs at 5 p.m., and the jubilation will continue at 6:30 p.m., at which time the mayor will light up a town Christmas tree outside of the City Building. The tree will be decorated by students of Sistersville Elementary School. However, anyone who would like to add an ornament honoring or remembering a loved one is welcome to do so. Free hot chocolate and cookies being served before the parade begins. And of course, Santa Claus himself will arrive in town with the assistance of the Sistersville Volunteer Fire Dept. and greet children at the Gaslight Theater after the parade ends.

In order to involve more businesses, the SCSO will offer a $25 cash prize for the business with the best “Theme” decorated window or store front.

Groups and organizations are invited to set up baked good tables and stands along the sidewalks of Wells St. the night of the parade and businesses are encouraged to stay open later.

For more information about the Sistersville Christmas Parade, contact SCSO President, Barb Vincent at 304-652-2939 or Carmen Silliman at 304-652-2392.

In Paden City a “Light up Night” is planned to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Centennial Park on Main St. It is hoped the official tree lighting ceremony will signal the rest of the community to turn their holiday lights on as well.

The Paden City Elementary School Choir and the Paden City High School Marching Band will perform and special guest, Santa Claus, will be in attendance.

Free refreshments will be provided and free photos with Santa will be available at the firehall.

Middlebourne’s Christmas parade, will be held on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Line up will be at10:30 a.m. The theme for this years parade is “Frozen”.

Breakfast with Mrs. Claus will be held at the fire hall from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by story hour from 9:30 to 10 a.m.. Santa Claus himself will be at the fire hall to meet and greet youngsters after the parade. The first 150 kids present will receive a treat bag from Santa.

Any club, organization, or individual wishing to be in the parade can contact the Middlebourne Fire Department Auxiliary members Linda Kile, Debbie Northcraft, Patty Baker or Peggy George.