MainStreet Cleveland has planned a weekend of Christmas events in historic downtown that is sure to kick off the holiday season with fun and charm.
The Community Tree Lighting is set for Friday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at the steps of the Old Post Office on Broad Street. Christmas greetings will be given by Mayor Kevin Brooks, City of Cleveland and Mayor Gary Davis, Bradley County.
The choir from First Baptist Church will kick of the event with festive and heartwarming songs of the season.
Mayor Brooks and Mayor Davis along with the Choir will light the tree and welcome in the Christmas season.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, the annual Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. and travels through historic downtown. It is one of Cleveland’s longest running and most popular holiday traditions. All parade entries will feature holiday lights and decorations.
Safety precautions have been added for float participants and masks are required for all spectators as they spread out along the three-mile route. Please follow CDC recommended social distancing guidelines.
“We are excited that this much-loved Christmas tradition can continue this year with the necessary precautions. So much creativity and hard work goes into these floats. A big thank you to all the groups are participating,” said Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland.
A Facebook Live broadcast of the parade can be seen on Mix 104.1 WCLE Facebook page for those who cannot attend the event.
The parade departs from Bradley Central High School, travels north on South Lee Highway to 3rd Street, north on Ocoee Street, around the monument, south on Broad Street, continues on to Inman Street, and back to South Lee Highway to the school.
For more information on how to enter call the Mainstreet office at 479-1000 or visit the website at www.mainstreetcleveland.com.