PALESTINE — With the city already aglow with Christmas lights, it will also shine with the lights of holiday cheer as several holiday events are on tap for this weekend — ranging from a free holiday concert, the rescheduled Christmas Parade of Lights, ice skating and more.
Thankfully, this weekend's weather forecast is better than last week's frosty debacle. While there's a 90 percent chance of rain today, Saturday and Sunday's forecast is partly sunny with highs in the lower 50s and lows in the lower 30s.
From 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, enjoy a free holiday concert with the all-female doo-wop group Shake, Rattle & Roll in The Hollow in Old Town Palestine.
The Christmas Parade of Lights will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Anderson County Courthouse Square.
The route is a little different this year and will run from the courthouse down Avenue A to Oak Street, turn right onto Queen Street, turn right on Crawford Street and take Crawford back to the courthouse.
City of Palestine Events Coordinator Heather Hrebec said the parade theme this year is “The Music and Magic of Christmas.”
“The best thing about the Christmas Parade is the number of floats that participate,” Hrebec told the Herald-Press. “There's something about the lighted parade — everyone's in the spirit — and we get lots of participation.”
Exhibiting that spirit, local school bands will be marching to merry tunes, along with a host of other parade participants including area churches, businesses, organizations, city officials, animals and more. Santa Claus himself is rumored to make an appearance atop the Palestine Fire Department's Tower One truck, along with one of his favorite elves.
Following the parade, folks are invited to a lively celebration of music, activities and prizes at the courthouse, where Santa will be on hand. Palestine's Cream & Coffee will offer apple cider and hot chocolate for purchase.