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Christmas cheer comes early to southern Nash

Posted on November 28, 2021

Updated on November 29, 2021

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The Bailey Christmas Parade is set for Saturday along with several other area holiday events and celebrations.

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The Bailey Christmas Parade is set for Saturday along with several other area holiday events and celebrations.

lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

After taking a year off due to the pandemic, Christmas events are planned early this year for the southern Nash County area.

Bailey gets things going with its annual tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday.

Hot cocoa and cookies will be available for children. The event includes singing, and winners of the recent Miss Bailey pageant will light the tree. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will visit in their sleigh.

The town’s Christmas parade returns Saturday. The processional is coming back strong with family-friendly activities planned all day. Vendors, food trucks and kids’ activities will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The parade will kick off at 2 p.m. along Main Street. Lineup starts at 12:30 p.m. at the end of Main Street.

Floats will be judged on creativity with first, second and third place prizes awarded.

Organizers are telling folks to arrive early for the parade. The Bailey Methodist Church parking lot isn’t available for parade parking this year because it will be in use for a private event.

OTHER AREA PARADES

Children 12 and younger are invited to decorate their bikes, wagons, scooters or strollers to enter in Saturday’s Christmas Children’s Bike Parade in Nashville.

Entry is free, with cash prizes awarded for most spirited entries. First place award is $50; second place is $25; third place is $25; and fourth place is $25.

No motorized vehicles are allowed.

Lineup for the parade begins at the H.D. Cooley Library at 3:45 p.m. with the parade starting at 4:15.

To register, fill out the Google form at https://forms.gle/8CEynpGgcd5a8R89A.

Registration will also take place the day of the parade.

The 2021 Wilson Christmas Parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday.

The parade route will be along Nash Street from Whitehead Avenue to Douglas Street. The parade will feature a performance stop that may include bands, Junior ROTC units, twirling groups, dance troupes and more.

The Rocky Mount Christmas Parade is set for 3-5 p.m. Sunday.

The parade will feature floats, marching bands, balloons, clowns and an appearance from Santa Claus. Parade entries will travel a downtown route. For more information, call 252-442-2675.

Middlesex doesn’t have a Christmas parade scheduled for this year.

BAZAAR SHOPPING

The Artist Art Center at 116 N. Pine St. in downtown Spring Hope will present the Holiday Bazaar and Craft Sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 252-478-3110 or 252-303-8280.

Rock Creek Baptist Church will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The church address is 1238 Rock Creek Drive just outside Nashville off the First Street Extension.

Vendors will sell various crafts, sewing accessories, Christmas items, food, scented wax burners, cosmetics, mason jar crafts, jewelry, children’s books, soaps, lotions, home decor, homemade wooden toys and tumblers.

The church will hold a 50/50 raffle and door prizes will be given every hour.

CHRISTMAS IN SPRING HOPE

Christmas in Spring Hope returns on Friday, Dec. 10.

Centered around Depot Park, the festival includes food trucks, vendors and horse-drawn buggy rides through downtown.

The festival, set from 5:30-8 p.m., will also include shopping in downtown stores, seasonal music and lighting of the town Christmas tree.

The Spaulding Family Resource Center is hosting a Spaulding restoration fundraiser beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at 203 N. Walnut St. in Spring Hope.

The event will include a raffle, photos, bingo games and refreshments, according to organizers. An ugly sweater contest will conclude the day’s entertainment.

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