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Then on Saturday, Dec. 6, two events compete for attention.

The Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade will start at noon at West Wilson Middle School and proceed to the Train Depot on Division Street. The grand marshal for Mt. Juliet will be retired Titans lineman Brad Hopkins.

The parade will also feature the Horse Patrol from the Metro Nashville Police Department and a SWAT unit from Lebanon. M.J. Lucas from local WANT 98.9 radio will be the emcee for the parade.

Cedar City Christmas on the Square in Lebanon will last all day Saturday starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. It will feature a wide variety of entertainment, with Santa available to hear children’s Christmas wishes all day.

Performers from the “Nutcracker” will be on hand to show a sampling of scenes from the ballet. Dancers from Showtyme Xtreme will entertain the crowd with their dancing. The Suzuki violinists from the Cumberland Arts Academy will play for the crowd, and the band Pure Country with Doug Collins will also perform.

More than 25 vendors will have food, games and gifts for sale around the Square, including one booth with a book signing dog. The food booths will sell everything from shaved ice to pies and cakes, corn dogs and funnel cakes.

There will also be inflatables and other attractions. And Garr’s Rental and Feeds will be giving away bird seed to help feed Wilson County’s winter flying friends.

On Sunday, Dec. 7, Lebanon will have its Christmas Parade kicking off at 2 p.m., with Wilson County Mayor Bob Dedman as grand marshal, and again Santa will be making a special appearance to wind up the parade.

This year’s parade, “A Homespun Christmas,” is expected to be one of the biggest yet with more than 60 entries. Lebanon, Wilson Central and Watertown High School bands will all march, as will Cumberland University’s band. Channel 4’s Snow Bird is to attend and so is Gnash from the Nashville Predators hockey team.

The parade will assemble at Lebanon High School and the LHS Band Boosters will be selling food and drinks while people get ready. The parade will start for the Square at 2 p.m. and end at Liberty State Bank where there will be hot chocolate available to warm everyone up.

The “Nutcracker Ballet” will be preformed Dec. 12, 13 and 14 at the Heydel Fine Arts Center at Cumberland University. Tickets for the “Nutcracker” are available at The Dancers Studio or at Wilson Bank and Trust. 

Wilson County’s most traditional parade, the Possum Town Parade, will be on Sunday, Dec.14, starting at 1 p.m. With 150 entries or more it may be the biggest parade, too.

This parade will form in front of Friendship Christian School on Coles Ferry Pike and will travel through Possum Town down to the river and then back out along Coles Ferry and return to the school.

A special group of antique tractors are coming from Alabama and another group with floats pulled by antique tractors is coming from Portland.

But Jerry McFarland, parade organizer, said the best part this year will be hot air balloons and antique airplanes flying over the parade route.

Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@wilsonpost.com.

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