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Children go on parade tonight as Halifax kicks off celebration

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and the Halifax Village Association along with the Town of Halifax will sponsor its annual children’s parade and tree lighting ceremony on Friday night.

Santa Claus will be there too.

The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the tree lighting ceremony.

“Get ready to paint and decorate your wagon for the mini-float Christmas parade,” said Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy. “Everyone will feel the excitement when the Christmas tree comes alive with sparkling lights.”

He invites the public to come enjoy the miniature Christmas parade where all the participants are children, and the floats are decorated wagons pulled by young parade participants. 

“Music will drift over the celebration, and you can feast on your favorite parade food. And the most important, Santa Claus will be there,” Espy added.

 The theme this year for Halifax festivities is “Christmas is for Giving,” and children participating are asked to create a mini-float using a wagon to fit the theme.  

Espy said wagons must be a normal-size child’s wagon and no more than three-foot wide and five-foot long. All wagons must be pulled by hand, and children are not allowed to ride in the wagons.

Children 12 and under are eligible to participate and must be accompanied by an adult. 

Prizes will be awarded including a $50 savings account for first place, $40 savings account for second place and $30 savings account for third place.

Those interested must complete the required application in order to participate. 

Espy asked that all participants unload and line up at Patient Transport in Halifax. 

Contact Randall Waller at 434-251-9944 for more information or to get an application. The entry fee for the parade is one gently worn coat.

 Also  “Hope Can Help” food pantry will be accepting donations of canned foods and non-perishable food items to be donated to families in Halifax County during the Friday night parade and tree lighting event.