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Festival of Lights now open

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Christmas is a special season – a time for coming together with friends and family.

And what better way to create memorable holiday moments than Christmas 1 2 3 Lebanon?

Christmas 1 2 3 consists of three events organized by the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce: the Festival of Lights, Christmas on the Square in Lebanon, and the Lebanon Christmas Parade with Grand Marshal Daryle Singletary, country music recording artist.

The 16th annual Festival of Lights opens early this year on Thursday, Nov. 21, and remains open every Thursday through Sunday for the remainder of 2013, along with being open weeknights from Dec. 19-31. The popular drive-through Christmas light show is located at the James E. Ward Agricultural and Community Center in Lebanon and is open from 5 until 9 p.m. Admission is $5 per vehicle.

Christmas on the Square, on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m., is hosted by downtown merchants and businesses, along with the Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy shopping, visits with Santa, sending off your child’s letter to the Jolly Ol’ Elf, storytelling, musical entertainment, Big O’s Concessions and more on Lebanon’s historic Square. Additionally, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead will flip the lights on for the city’s Christmas Tree at 5 p.m.

A highlight of the evening is Dinner at the Arcade. Enjoy a delicious holiday meal in the Arcade for $25 per person. Recording Artist Terry Weeks of the Music Lab will provide piano and vocal ambience focusing on Christmas favorites to set the tone for a relaxing and festive meal.

Dinner is limited to 50 individuals per seating, with serving times at 5:30 and 7 p.m. In addition, ticket holders will be treated to a carriage ride. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, Dec. 3 for the Arcade dinner package including entertainment and carriage ride. Tickets are available at the Lebanon Chamber office.

Historic Lebanon is also hosting its 6th Annual Historic Places Tour from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with Christmas on the Square. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at the Chamber of Commerce, the main office of Wilson Bank & Trust and Historic Lebanon. Tickets will also be sold on Dec. 7 at the Capitol Theatre’s box office.

Finally, on Sunday, Dec. 8, come out on Main Street to enjoy the Lebanon Christmas Parade. This year’s parade theme is “A Taste of Christmas Fun” and begins at 2 p.m. from the old Lebanon High School, traveling down Main Street to the D.T. McCall shopping center parking lot.

The deadline for parade entries is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. For a parade entry form, visit the Chamber of Commerce’s office at 149 Public Square, Lebanon, call 444-5503 or visit www.lebanonwilsonchamber.com and download the application.

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