WATER VALLEY – The Chamber’s annual “Christmas in the Valley” event is just over a week away. The action starts Friday evening, December 6, from 4:30 to 8:30 pm, with horse-drawn carriage rides for the whole family! Tickets are $3 per person and may be purchased that night behind the bandstand in Railroad Park. This year’s route will take you up North Main Street where you can enjoy the downtown lights and view a live Nativity Scene sponsored by the Episcopal Church and Methodist Church.
Merchants will extend their business hours during “Christmas in the Valley” for your shopping convenience and local restaurants will open to serve you. There will be Christmas music playing from the bandstand for entertainment while you shop. Everybody’s holiday friend, “Frosty,” is expected to make his appearance that night in addition to the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, so be sure to bring your cameras! The Yalobusha Medical Foundation will be hosting a Tree Lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. in Railroad Park next to the Veteran Memorial.
There will be lots of goodies offered by local civic and church groups. While taking a shopping break, you might want to enjoy baked goods or hot chocolate offered by the Sylva Rena Youth group or a hot cup of soup served up by Springhill Church. The Water Valley Band Boosters will be selling barbecue and the Lions Club offer their holiday cheese and pecans many of us look forward to every year.
You might also want to venture to the South end of downtown to check out the Mistletoe Market inside the former brewery building. Rumor has it that Santa sponsored by Junior Auxiliary will be hanging out in that area of town on Friday evening, December 6.
Water Valley’s much- anticipated annual Christmas Parade sponsored by the Tri-Lake Fairgrounds Association will commence at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at the First Baptist Church, and proceeding southward, down Main Street. Santa has promised to return on Saturday to give a friendly wave to all those in attendance.
Also, on Saturday, Dec. 7, the Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Christmas Tour of Homes from 4 to 7 p.m. This year’s Holiday Tour will feature the Presbyterian Church as well as the homes of Baine and Vicki Turnage, Fred and Linda Eakes, Lloyd Lee and Caroline Caulfield, and Rhonda Burchett. Tickets are $10 each and include entrance to all five beautifully decorated stops. They may be purchased at the Chamber office the week prior to the event, during regular hours, starting on Monday, December 2.
Christmas Tour of Homes tickets will also be available for purchase at the Chamber office during the Christmas Parade, and offered again, starting at 3 p.m., one hour before the tour begins. Ticket sales will cease at 5 p.m., and there will be NO tickets available at any of the homes. The ticket price includes an armband which must be worn and presented at each home to gain entrance. No one will be allowed entrance into the homes prior to 4 p.m. on the day of the event.