Celebrate Christmas with Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade, Festival of Trees


PARIS: You may want to travel to Paris for the holidays. Paris, Tennessee, that is.

This small community in western Tennessee  is big on Christmas  and the center of events is on the traditional town square — city hall surrounded by dozens of shops decked out for the holidays.

The 11th annual Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade kicks off Saturday, December 9 at 5 pm in Downtown Paris (following 3:00-5:00 Christmas Festival).Trophies will be awarded for the following categories: Most Christmas Spirit Best Religious Theme Best Decorated Float Clark Griswold Award (best lit entry) Best Marching/Walking Unit Best Decorated Golf Cart or Small Tractor .

The Festival of Trees, located at 110 W. Washington Street, will open Tuesday, Dec. 5 and will remain open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. 2 p.m., and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 17.

Families can join the fun on Saturday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m. when Santa will be in his ‘gingerbread’ house on the courthouse lawn from 2-4:30 p.m. and 6 -7:00 p.m. for all the little girls and boys. Come and visit with Santa, Rudolph and all the gang. The Christmas Festival is 3-5 p.m. with craft booths, Christmas stories, hot chocolate, trackless trains, s’mores by the Paris Fire Department, and lots of Christmas shopping. Holiday fun for all ages in historic downtown Paris.

For more information send inquires to Downtown Paris Association c/o Kathy Ray, P.O. Box 95, Paris, TN. 38242 (731) 653-7274.


About Author

Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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