published Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Cleveland kicks off Christmas celebrations

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    Cleveland Public Works employee Roger Cross watches as another Public Works employee, Butch Buttrey, hangs an electric snow flake from a light pole at the courthouse annex in this file photo. Behind them is the community Christmas tree to be lighted.
    Photo by Randall Higgins /Chattanooga Times Free Press.


• Carols in the City. Free. Today, 6 p.m.

Front of Courthouse Annex downtown.

• Parade. 6 p.m. Saturday

Departs Bradley Central High School, travels north on South Lee Highway to Third Street, north on Ocoee Street and around the monuments, south on Broad Street, onto Inman Street and back to South Lee Highway and the school.

• Classic Christmas

Sunday, 3 p.m.

Lee University, Conn Center.

Free but seating is limited. Reservations can be made at the Dixon Center box office, 423-614-8343.

Source: MainStreet Cleveland.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Christmas season begins here today.

The activities begin at 6 p.m. with the annual Carols in the City and community tree lighting.

"It's a nostalgic evening everyone can enjoy," said Melissa Woody, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The evening begins with the First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir on the courthouse annex steps.

The tree lights are switched on by County Mayor D. Gary Davis, Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland and Santa Claus. Afterward, spectators walk together to downtown churches where choirs will meet them with music.

The stroll around town ends at the courthouse plaza with music by the Tennessee Christian Preparatory School elementary chorus and high school ensemble.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the courthouse plaza for photos until 8 p.m., and free carriage rides are available around downtown until that time.

The annual Christmas 6 p.m. parade, with more than 170 entries expected, follows on Saturday. It follows the same route from Bradley Central High School through downtown that has been used for many years.

The music continues Sunday with the annual "A Classic Christmas" concert at Lee University.

The first half of this year's program features Ralph Vaugn William's "Hodie," a Christmas cantata performed by the Lee University Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra under the director of Dr. Cameron F. LaBarr. The orchestra will be prepared by Maestro Robert Bernhardt, conductor of the Lee Symphony Orchestra.

The cantata also features the Chattanooga Girls' Choir.

The second half features a variety of carols and Christmas music.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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