Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we now look forward to celebrating Christmas. With that comes the annual Christmas parades taking places in our neck of the woods.
While big box stores, Hallmark tv programing and some radio stations have been pushing Christmas since Nov. 1st, our small towns give Thanksgiving it’s moment in the spotlight before shifting to Christmas.
Christmas parades are a fun annual tradition that helps kick off the Christmas season and this year, all of our parades in the tip of Mississippi will be completed by Dec. 7th.
The first of the parades begin Saturday, Dec. 1, with Olive Branch kicking things off at 2 p.m. near city hall. Horn Lake’s Christmas festivities kick off later that day at 4:30 pm.
The City of Hernando will get things kicked off Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3rd. Southaven will round things out with a big parade Dec. 7th at 6:30 p.m.
42nd Annual Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
The parade lineup begins at Olive Branch High School and will drive down Pigeon Roost Road. Most folks will gather at Pigeon Roost Road and Goodman Rd. to watch the parade. Unlike the other parades, this event takes place in the daytime.
Be sure to stop by some of the local businesses in Old Towne after the parade. There’s everything from beer to boutiques and everything in between.
The theme this year is ” A Story Book Christmas.”
Horn Lake’s 2nd Annual Christmas in the Park
Horn Lake’s 2nd annual Christmas event will be held in Latimer Lakes Park beginning at 4:30 p.m. You’ll be able to stroll through the stationary displays and see Santa light the Christmas tree at approximately 5:30 p.m. Be sure to drink some hot chocolate, eat a cookie or two and listen to the caroling.
61st Annual Hernando Christmas Parade
The Hernando Christmas parade takes place Dec. 3rd this year in Downtown Hernando. The start time is 6:30 p.m. The theme this year is “Winter Wonderland.” Rain date is scheduled for Dec. 10th if necessary.
The parade travels down Commerce Street and will loop around the Square.
Southaven’s 38th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights
The parade route begins at 2010 Stateline Rd. at SouthPoint Church. Music/dance performances will be given up to 45 seconds to perform in front of the judges’ stand, which will be located across from Dale’s Restaurant (1226 Main St.)
The Best in Show float will be awarded a spread in the 2019 Southaven Magazine.