The Salem Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas Parade and Lighting Celebration will be held on the courthouse square in Salem on Monday, Dec. 3. The festivities include hot chocolate and coffee from First National Banking Company and cookies from the Bank of Salem, music, a puppet show, art show, a special visit from Santa and the annual Christmas parade.
The Salem High School Band will play on the court house square from 5-6 p.m. The puppet show and art show will be held on square. If the weather does not permit the art show to be held outside, it will be held at Merlina's on the east side of the square.
The main parade lineup will assemble at Preacher Roe Park. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Salem Chamber of Commerce award winners Jeannie Welch, Patricia Watkins and Justin Sisk will be Grand Marshals.
Santa has once again worked out time from his schedule to talk to children at the Gazebo immediately following the parade.
The Chamber wishes to stress the safety for everyone involved. Salem Chief of Police Albert Roork asks that everyone keep themselves and children back away from the vehicles during the parade. He also asks that traffic use caution during the hours of the festivities and watch for children who may be picking up candy and pedestrians and persons on horseback, until all of the festivities are over.
"The Parade and Lighting Celebration is a wonderful time to enjoy the holidays with neighbors. Local businesses are encouraged to stay open late for Christmas shopping and everyone is encouraged to come out and participate with a parade entry or just come to enjoy, socialize or do a little shopping," a spokesman said.
To enter the parade or for more information call the Salem office of FNBC at 895-3584 and ask for Sandra McFarren.