Light-Up Night is Saturday

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From staff reports

Franklin will illuminate the winter darkness and kick off the holiday season as it celebrates Light-Up Night this Saturday.

The celebration starts early in the morning with various activities and deals at downtown businesses.

The Christmas Tree Extravaganza at the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin will start at 1 p.m. People may enjoy eggnog and holiday treats, hear live caroling, visit with Santa and take in the amazing sight of 60 trees on display decorated by local businesses and individuals.

People may cast their vote for their favorite tree. Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed trees in four categories: schools, churches, businesses/industries and service organizations. Trees will remain lit for viewing through Friday, Dec. 22. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Refreshments will be available while supplies last.

The schedule for this year’s extravaganza is HOLeY Jeans youth choir at 3 p.m., Allegheny Sounds Chorus at 3:30 p.m., Fox Street Church of God Choir at 4 p.m., Taste of Talent winner Lauren Skelley at 4:30 p.m. and Santa will be in the Little Theatre from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The Electric Lights Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Liberty Street.

Earlier this week approximately 40 entries were signed up to participate. The entries ranged from area musical groups and civic organizations to the man in red himself – Santa.

After the parade, the lighting of the community tree will be held along with a fireworks display.

For a schedule of events, visit the Good Times at TheDerrick.com.