Christmas in historic downtown Cleveland style
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Nov 23, 2012 | 1744 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MainStreet Cleveland has planned a weekend of Christmas events in historic downtown that is sure to kick off the holiday season with fun and charm.

Carols in the City and the Community Tree Lighting is set for Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., and begins at the steps of the Courthouse Annex on Broad Street.

Christmas greetings will be given by Mayor Tom Rowland, city of Cleveland, and Mayor Gary Davis, Bradley County.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are the special guests and will help light the giant tree beside the front steps. First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir will kick off the evening of music with a performance at the Annex steps.

Once the tree is lit, the audience will enjoy choir performances at the churches in historic downtown Cleveland. In “reverse caroling” fashion, the audience will walk together to Broad Street United Methodist Church, Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, Ladies of Lee at the Church Street Annex, First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and end at the Courthouse Plaza with the finale by Bradley Central High School Choir.

“This event is so heart-warming and charming,” explained Melissa Woody, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau and event chair person. “It will definitely fill you with joy and a warm holiday spirit. We look forward to a wonderful evening.”

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the bandstand at the Courthouse Plaza to greet children and for photos. Parents should bring cameras to capture this special visit with Santa. Enjoy free Carriage rides in historic downtown until 8 p.m.

Tennessee Christian Preparatory School Elementary Chorus will entertain with Christmas Carols during Santa visits and carriage rides.

On Saturday, Dec.1, the annual Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m., and travels through historic downtown. It’s one of Cleveland’s longest running and most popular holiday traditions.

“So much creativity and hard work goes into these floats. It is truly a festive event,” said Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland.

All parade entries will feature holiday lights and decorations.

The parade departs from Bradley Central High School, travels north on South Lee Highway to 3rd Street, north on Ocoee Street, around the monument, south on Broad Street, continues on to Inman Street, and back to South Lee Highway to the school.

For more information, call the Mainstreet office at 479-1000 or visit the website at

The weekend of holiday events concludes with the Lee University School of Music presenting its 24th annual "A Classic Christmas" on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Conn Center.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required due to limited seating.

For ticket reservation and information, call the box office at 614-8343.