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McKENZIE — The traditional Christmas celebration in McKenzie was successful despite a thunderstorm that moved through Tennessee on Friday evening, dampening some of the Friday evening …
McKENZIE — The traditional Christmas celebration in McKenzie was successful despite a thunderstorm that moved through Tennessee on Friday evening, dampening some of the Friday evening activities.
The opening ceremonies with the Rebel Singers from McKenzie Elementary School, the tree-lighting ceremony, food trucks, Mistletoe Market in the Farmers Market, and ice-skating along Banner Row were the activities for Friday evening.
Saturday morning’s Breakfast with Santa, hosted by Beta Sigma Phi, was a great success. The first-ever Polar Express event at the McKenzie Depot and Park Theatre was sold-out for the multiple time slots. Children enjoyed crafts, snacks, a train ride on the city streets, and the movie Polar Express at the Theatre.
Pop-up shops dotted the downtown as vendors of crafts set up to show their wares.
Beta Club and the students from the McKenzie High School Arts classes produced handmade bowls for the first-ever project to raise funds for lower-income residents of the county. The project was called Empty Bowls – “Feed the Hungry”, and was held at The Farmers’ Market.
Christmas with Renaissance was a sell out at the Bouldin Auditorium on the Bethel campus. Each year, the talented Bethel student performers showcase the marvelous story of Christmas.
Each night, a different Christmas movie was showing at Park Theatre.
Saturday noon was the annual Christmas Parade. It featured marching bands, floats, emergency equipment, clubs and groups, and Santa. The winners were: Girls Scouts – first, City Florist, second, and Beating Hearts, third.
The events end with the annual Twinkle Ball on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 6 to 8 p.m. Hosted by Bethel University.