Parade planners offering something for everyone

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If you’re looking for something to help ease you into the Christmas spirt, Washington’s Christmas celebration has you covered. Whether you are looking to reflect on the season, or take the kids to see Santa, parade chairman Matt Uram said there’s something for everyone.

“It’s a very special week in Washington,” Uram said. “We are casting a wide net, so there should be something for everyone that evening.”

Uram said the annual parade will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday. The courthouse Christmas tree will be lit shortly thereafter.

Once the floats have passed by, Main Street Manager Peter Stefansky recommends stopping by several locations for free hot chocolate, food and more.

Santa’s toy train display will run in the George Washington Hotel lobby, 60 S. Main St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stefansky said the display will be open until the end of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

Paradegoers can also mark some items off their Christmas shopping lists at the 10 Thousand Villages Christmas Shop. The shop is at 92 N. Main St. and will feature handmade items from around the world. The shop opened Monday and will close Saturday at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Youngsters can get pictures with Santa at two locations: Life Church, 1000 N. Main St., and at the LeMoyne House, 49 E. Maiden St.

Clay Kilgore, director of the LeMoyne House and the Bradford House, said Santa will be available for pictures in the outside garden at the LeMoyne House. Free gift bags will be provided.

“This is the first year we are decorating Madelaine’s garden,” he said. “We will have our own little lighting event around 6 p.m.”

The LeMoyne House and the Bradford House will be open for candlelight tours. The LeMoyne House will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and the Bradford House will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to each location is $5. The LeMoyne House garden event is free.

In addition to roaming carolers, the Washington Symphony Orchestra will feature two holiday concerts, at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Trinity High School auditorium.

Stefansky said there will be free parking downtown on Friday, and that the metered parking in the service lot near West Galleries on North Main Street will be free throughout the week.

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