Many shared in the fun of "Christmas on the Square" Thursday evening downtown Smithville.
County officials greeted visitors at the courthouse and served refreshments during the annual open house while others got a chance to see the newly renovated Healing Stones/Lifeworks building for the first time, where most of the night's entertainment and special activities were held. The Kiwanis Club and Leadership DeKalb greeted visitors at their booths while Thea Tippin, Susie Guerin, and Fluty and the Flutones showcased their musical talents with songs of the season.
Several stores also stayed open extended hours to accommodate holiday shoppers and many took advantage of the opportunity to have their pictures made with Santa by Double J. Photography and to have free family portraits by Studio Six Limited.
Justin-Potter Library also took part in the celebration featuring magician Bruce Amato & his "Holiday Magic" show.
More holiday events are scheduled for this weekend including the Smithville Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 6th at 1:00 p.m. The line-up begins at 11:00 a.m. at Smithville Elementary School. To enter the parade, call John Poss at 597-1135 or Jeff Wright at 597-6750.
Meanwhile, the Liberty Christmas Parade will be held Sunday, December 7th starting at 2:00 p.m. The line-up begins at 1:00 p.m. on the west end of town. There will be four categories for prizes and giveaways after the parade. Santa will be riding into town to greet the public and to visit with the children. Santa will also bring his reindeer plus other animals for everyone to enjoy petting so bring your camera or have Santa's elves take your picture with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. For more information call 615-536-5101.
The Alexandria Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, December 13th at 2:00 p.m. The line-up begins at 1:00 p.m. on the Jim Curtis Highway or West Main Street. Call for more information at 529-2171.
Several churches in the areas are also presenting special Christmas programs this month.
The Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church presents the 4th annual Living Christmas Tree on December 6th and 7th at 6:30 p.m. This year's performance is entitled "Hallelujah, Jesus is Born" with new songs and a light show. Come and join us for a time of Praise and Worship and Celebration for the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Watch as the 25 ft Christmas tree comes to life with inspirational music and light. Everyone is Welcome!
Covenant Baptist Church will present "You Can't Cancel Christmas" and "Virgil's First Christmas" on Sunday, December 14th at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is invited.
Join the congregation of the Keltonburg United Methodist Church as they present the annual LIVE Nativity. Drive by or walk through the stable and rediscover the true miracle of Christmas. Join LIVE animals, shepherds, angels, and the holy family as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The stable scene will be located at the church at 5612 Keltonburg Road on Sunday, December 21st from 6:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available in the fellowship hall. For more information call 597-5682 or 597-5835. Take highway 56 south to highway 288. Follow highway 288 for 3.4 miles to the second church on the right.
A Christmas Drive-Thru at the Liberty United Methodist Church will be December 17th &18th from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The drive-thru will feature different scenes of the Life of Christ from the Prophet Isaiah, the birth, the boy Jesus, to His miracles. Come celebrate the TRUE Meaning of Christmas. Keep Christ in Christmas. Follow the signs from Highway 70, turning beside the DeKalb Lodge in Liberty. The church is located on Church Street.
The Brush Creek Baptist Church presents the "Life of Christ"....A drive thru with (14) different scenes with live animals & people depicting Jesus' life from the birth in the Manger to His return ...You never have to leave your vehicle....at 26 School House Circle, Brush Creek. To be held Saturday and Sunday, December 6th & 7th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For additional information, please call 615-683-6311 or 615-444-7972.