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Oakland’s Down Home Christmas Activities Feature Caroling, Parade, Christmas Village Market and More

The Oakland Area Chamber of Commerce is selling t-shirts for the “Down Home” Christmas event. The shirt was designed by Robby Ferguson incorporating details from the Oakland community including the Ross Family Home in downtown Oakland in the background!

OAKLAND – The Oakland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Oakland Parade Committee are excited to announce the 2022 “Down Home Christmas” agenda for two packed days of old-fashioned, down-home Christmas activities. Parade Committee Chairwoman Sharonda Jones announces that Dickey and Debbie McLeod will serve as grand marshals.

“The McLeod’s have always been so supportive of everything we’ve done in Oakland and the committee is excited to have them serve as our Grand Marshals for the Christmas Parade this year,” Ms. Jones said.

The Christmas Planning Committee of the Chamber wanted to incorporate traditional community activities, such as the delivery of fruit baskets to all the senior citizens in town, with new events that retain the flavor of Oakland’s traditional approach to the celebration of Christmas.

On Friday, Dec. 9, the evening kicks off with a caroling hayride, followed by the lighting of the Town’s Christmas Tree at the Oakland Public Library, and a brief community service at the former Presbyterian Church, now the offices of the Chamber.

Activities continue Saturday morning, Dec. 10 with cookie decorating and letters to Santa for children. The afternoon includes the Christmas Parade, along with vendors and exhibitors in the Christmas Village Market. Musical entertainment, pictures with Santa, and a live Nativity Scene journeying through the streets round out the celebration.

Event t-shirts are being pre-ordered now and will close Nov. 23. To order a t-shirt, contact Alisia Bland at (662) 230-3754. Please text or leave a voicemail. You can pay by cash, check, or our business Cashapp. T-shirts are $13 for short sleeve and $16 for long-sleeve. Youth sizes are only available in short-sleeve. There will be some shirts available at the Christmas Village, but sizes will be limited.

To reserve booth space for the Christmas Village Market, contact oakland or text or call 601-853-3942.

For additional information on any of the activities or events or to volunteer, contact the Oakland Area Chamber of Commerce at or text or leave a voice message at 601-853-3942.

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