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Three Christmas parades set for the next two weekends will provide plenty to do for southern Nash County residents looking to ring in the holiday season.
Bailey has a town Christmas tree lighting set for Friday with its annual parade scheduled for Saturday.
Spring Hope’s annual Christmas event, set for Dec. 13, will include an inaugural Children’s Christmas Parade.
Middlesex will hold its Christmas parade Dec. 14 with a day of food trucks and community fun.
The parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. with food trucks selling lunch beginning at noon.
“Come early, eat and hang out for the parade,” said Middlesex Mayor Lu Harvey Lewis.
The parade, which is in its sixth year, will follow its traditional Main Street route.
Food trucks will be lined up behind Town Hall. Plans are still being finalized, but vendors might be part of the fun, Lewis said.
Up first, though is Bailey’s tree lighting, set for 6 p.m. Friday at the town’s police station on Main Street. The town, the Bailey Chamber of Commerce and the Bailey Police Department are hosting the festivities. Officials will light up the 13-foot town Christmas tree fresh from the mountains.
The Bailey Christmas Parade is set for 2 p.m. Saturday. Family activities and vendors will be running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The parade will start at Main and Green streets and run past Town Hall, the police station and fire department to the end of Main Street.
As part of Christmas in Spring Hope set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13, children will ride their decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons and strollers for a parade of children through a blocked-off section of downtown. The parade is sponsored by Ephesus Baptist Church.
The evening of holiday fun lasts until 8 p.m. with horse-drawn carriage rides around downtown, reading of the Christmas story, a display of more than 100 nativities, face-painting, activities with the Pumpkin Queens, a live Nativity and other activities.
The Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce is hosting a scavenger hunt and the Spring Hope Library will be open with a book sale offering books of choice for $5 a bag.
The event includes Christmas music from local choirs and a visit from Santa Claus.
• Friday, Dec. 6 — Tree lighting in Bailey at 6 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 7 — Parade in Bailey at 2 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 13 — Christmas in Spring Hope festival at 5:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Dec. 14 — Parade in Middlesex at 2 p.m.