Thankfully, when you’re not out checking your shopping list (or checking it twice), there’s plenty to do in Cadiz — for free — to keep the Christmas spirit burning.
The festivities kick off this weekend, with several happenings taking place downtown.
Cadiz will again celebrate a Dickens Christmas this year, beginning with the lighting of the town Christmas tree at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
Carolers dressed in period costumes will lead attendees in singing “Silent Night” before the lighting of the tree. Once Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshall Sandra Mysers lights the tree, the carolers will then lead in singing another Christmas favorite. They will then position themselves around town, performing until the Christmas parade gets underway.
Refreshments will also be served beginning at 5:00 p.m.
The parade begins at 6:00 p.m., though participants must line up behind the schools at 4:45 p.m.
The deadline to register for the parade, which can be done at the Chamber of Commerce office, is by noon on Friday, Dec. 2. There is an entry fee — in the form of a $10 toy to be donated to Toys For Tots. The toys will be donated in memory of Martha Mitchell.
“We always have a very good time,” said Chamber President Penny Jones.
Jones warned, though, that there might be more than one Santa Claus in the parade.
“Children may have to realize that Santa has helpers,” she said.
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