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Children’s Christmas Parade set Dec. 3

The Halifax Village Business Association (HVBA) has set the second annual Children’s Christmas Parade for Friday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m., according to HVBA President Carol Throckmorton.

“The parade will begin at Patient Transport and make its way down Main Street to the Halifax Farmers Market parking lot,” Throckmorton said. “The parade will be inside the Farmers Market building in the event of bad weather.”

The theme of this year’s parade is “Christmas Around the World,” and children ages 12 and under are encouraged to decorate their wagons based on the theme for the mini-float parade, Throckmorton said.

Parents of participants should drop off their wagons in the parking lot beside Patient Transport, located on the north end of Houston Street. “People will be there to help unload the wagon and put it in line,” Throckmorton said.

“Participants should register and line up in the yard, and the parade will start there, leading south to the Halifax Farmers Market on the left side of the sidewalk along the businesses,” she added.

The participants will pull their decorated wagons down Main Street and into the Farmers Market parking lot for everyone to see. When they arrive in the parking lot, Dana Hunt will lead everyone in singing Christmas carols, and the Christmas tree will come alive with sparkling lights.

The judges will choose four winning wagons. “The first place winner will receive a $100 savings bond, second place will receive a $75 savings bond, third place will receive a $50 savings bond, and fourth place will receive a $25 savings bond,” Throckmorton said.

All participants will receive a Christmas ornament sponsored by Sunshine Mills and decorated by Nola Watkins along with a certificate of participation, she added.

“The winners will have their wagons put on display at the Convergence Art Guild,” Throckmorton said.

“Food, drinks, coffee and hot chocolate will be on site, and Santa Claus will be there to visit with all the children,” Throckmorton said. “Also, we’ll have raffles for a genuine radio flyer wagon donated by Boston Lumber Company and an inflatable snowman donated by True Value.”

Applications and rules for the “Children’s Christmas Parade” are available at any HVBA member business.

“Along with the other activities, we’ll be collecting non-perishable food items along in addition to a new and gently used clothing drive to benefit the United Way and Good Samaritan,” Throckmorton said. “Also, Farm Credit will collect toys for the ‘Toys For Tots’ toy collection drive,” she added.

In addition to “Christmas in the Village” and the “Children’s Christmas Parade,” anyone can bring their donations of food or clothing items to any of the following: Halifax Town Hall, Law Office of Tracy L. Quackenbush, Triangle Florist, Molasses Grill, The Peddler’s Market, The Packhouse and Hite Insurance Agency.

Items also can be dropped off at K&D Floor Covering, Halifax Pharmacy, Abbott Farm Suppliers, Halifax Public Library, Benchmark Community Bank, Halifax County Veterinary Center, Southside Insurance Agency, Halifax/Pittsylvania Court Services, Convergence Art Guild and The Cozy Cottage.

Donations of items will be taken during regular business hours until Friday, Dec. 17.