One of the region’s largest and brightest nighttime Christmas parades will roll through downtown London this Friday, November 30 during the 29th Annual Randy Smith Christmas on Main celebration. The parade and festivities traditionally kick off the holiday season with choirs singing beautiful Christmas music on the steps of the Laurel County Courthouse, along with a book walk, food, hot drinks and a parade with about 100 entries all decked out in colorful lights. The music starts on the courthouse steps at 5 p.m. with choirs from London Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Hunter Hills Elementary, Freedom Christian Church and Phoebe White. Dancers from Rhythm Dance Studio also will perform. “Christmas In the City!” is the theme for this year’s parade. Firetrucks, cars, floats, golf carts, Shriners, motorcycles and other entrees will light up downtown as they travel from North Main Street to the Farmer’s Market where Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children. Spectators will notice at least two new floats in the parade. One will be from the new Dreaming Creek Brewery, which recently announced the purchase of the former Bob’s Ready to Wear on Main Street. The other float will contain a giant aluminum ball filled with lights that will publicize the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza in downtown London on December 31. The ball will be dropped 100 feet from a crane to ring in the new year during the inaugural event. More information will be released later. Adults and children alike can listen to holiday book readings during the Book Walk at various locations downtown at 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30. Locations include; CASA, Sentinel Echo, Storm Law Office, Edward Jones-Todd Strouse, The Abbey, Carousel Florist, Max Ox Games & Comics, London Police Department and the London-Laurel County of Chamber of Commerce. Christmas on Main will conclude with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Farmer’s Market.
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