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Will it snow on our parade?

This weekend’s forecast of a chance of snow is sure to shed an extra helping of holiday cheer as the towns of South Boston and Halifax officially ring in the Christmas season with their annual parades.

Tonight at 6:30 in Halifax it’s the second annual Children’s Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Halifax Village Business Association (HVBA).

Children ages 12 and under have decorated their wagons based on the theme, “Christmas Around the World,” for the parade which begins at Patient Transport and makes its way down the left side of the sidewalk on Main Street to the Halifax Farmers Market parking lot.

The participants will pull their decorated wagons into the parking lot for everyone to see, and Dana Hunt will lead everyone in singing Christmas carols just before the lighting of the Town of Halifax official Christmas tree.

Santa Claus will be in town visiting with the youngsters, and judges will choose the four winning wagons from among those participating. Savings bonds will be awarded to the winners.

In addition to a certificate of participation, all participants will receive a Christmas ornament sponsored by Sunshine Mills and decorated by Nola Watkins.

Hot chocolate, food, drinks and coffee will be available, and those attending can purchase raffle tickets for a radio flyer wagon donated by Boston Lumber Company and an inflatable snowman donated by True Value.

The HVBA also will collect non-perishable food items and new and gently used clothing to benefit the United Way and the Good Samaritan. Also, Farm Credit will collect toys for the “Toys For Tots” toy collection drive.

Everyone is invited to make their way to the Town of Halifax tonight to enjoy the Children’s Christmas Parade and other activities beginning at 6:30.

Tomorrow at 5 p.m. the South Boston Christmas Parade gets under way for its annual trek through the streets of South Boston, with a chance of snow in the forecast.

Sponsored by Destination Downtown South Boston, Inc. and Elliott Electric, Inc., this year’s Christmas parade features the theme “I Believe…” and is dedicated to the memory of Alex Williamson, Halifax County’s “Forestry-One,” who lost his life in a freak accident in March while driving in North Carolina.

The Williamson family will ride in a forestry truck as grand marshals near the front of the parade.

A total of 17 floats, marching units, more than 30 horses, 24 antique cars and five high school bands will make their way along the parade route down Wilborn Avenue and Main Street, according to parade organizers.

Of course, Santa Claus will make an appearance riding in the forestry bulldozer in which Alex Williamson spent countless hours over his many years with the Virginia Department of Forestry.

The Gingerbread Cookie Cottage Workshop, sponsored by the Junior Woman’s Club, will be held prior to the parade from 2:30 to 4:30 at South Boston United Martial Arts located at 323 Main Street in South Boston.

A $3 fee for materials will be charged, and no childcare will be provided. Participants are asked to park behind the building and not to park on Main Street because of the parade.

Town officials promise the Christmas lights will be lit following a major electrical problem earlier in the week. All downtown South Boston lights, including streetlights, signal lights and Christmas lights, were off Thursday night to repair the problem, according to Destination Downtown South Boston Executive Director Tamyra Vest.

“All roads lead to South Boston tomorrow to ring in the Christmas holiday season with the annual South Boston Christmas Parade beginning at 5 p.m.,” Vest added.