Floyd County will working to get into the holiday spirit next weekend, with Christmas parades scheduled for the northern and southern ends of the county.
Prestonsburg will kick off the celebration, holding its annual Christmas parade Friday night, Dec. 7, presented by the city of Prestonsburg and Destination Community Church.
Lineup will begin at 6 p.m. on North Arnold Avenue, near Prestonsburg High School. Organizers are inviting locals to decorate floats, cars, trucks, bikes, all-terrain vehicles and other vehicles in Christmas finery and take part in the parade. Local civic organizations, bands and dance teams are expected to participate, along with a reunion of Prestonsburg High School majorettes. There will be cash prizes for the best business window, best float, best car and best home.
The parade will begin at 7 p.m., ending with a tree-lighting ceremony in the municipal parking lot and a community sing at Destination Community Church afterwards. Santa will be available to visit with children, and hot chocolate, coffee and treats will be served. In addition, downtown businesses will remain open Friday night until 8 p.m.
Those attending the parade are being encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the city “Shop with a Cop” program.
For more information about Prestonsburg’s Christmas parade, contact Jennifer Gardner or Mike Vance at Prestonsburg City Hall, (606) 886-2335.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, Wheelwright will pick up the holiday torch with a Christmas parade of its own.
Lineup for the Wheelwright parade, presented by the Wheelwright Fire Department, will begin at 2 p.m., with the parade starting at 3 p.m.
Prior to the parade, children are invited to enjoy a free breakfast with Santa, from noon until 1:30 p.m., at the old Wheelwright High School cafeteria. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to get pictures of their kids with Santa. The event is sponsored by Wheelwright Fire Department and the McDowell Dazzlers.