Will this year’s Maury County holiday season be the most important yet?

Pretty much every week of the past month could arguably be considered the ‘start’ of the holiday season, but I think this week is the time when things really kick up a gear.

It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving, after all, and we all know what that means. For some it is taking advantage of the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales, while for others it may be the traditional time to raise the family Christmas tree.

In Maury County, this weekend marks the start of so many upcoming events that will be celebrated throughout December, and this year is set to be the most important yet.

For starters, we’re a week away from the return of the Columbia Main Street Christmas Parade and Night of Light tree-lighting downtown on Saturday, December 4th. It will arguably be the biggest and best holiday event of this year, combining two of the city’s busiest events into one. It will definitely be a sight to see, especially after taking a year off due to COVID.

From what I’ve been told, this year’s parade will feature almost 70 entries, which will include many returning participants, classic cars and other heavily decorated floats that will run through a newly paved West 7th Street ( believe it or not), all leading to the downtown plaza.

The Columbia plant will also host its first Black Tie Christmas Gala the day before December 3.

The Spring Hill Kiwanis Christmas Parade is also scheduled to return the following week on Saturday, December 11 starting at 5 pm with the theme “Sounds of the Season”. This year, a new route will start at Evans Park, take Beechcroft Road and end at Spring Hill Elementary School.

Santa Claus flies over Courthouse Square during the first New Christmas Tree Light Night lighting ceremony in Columbia Courthouse Square on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

December is also a month where we get a first Friday every week with Fa La La Fridays, which will feature plenty of holiday sales, live music, and other activities taking place in and around Columbia Place every weekend.

The month will also be a great opportunity to visit the new Columbia Visitor Center located off North Main Street, next to the Columbia Police Department. Not only is it a cool new hub for local tourism, but it’s also a great place to find out what’s going on in the city each week.

The center is also partnering with the Building Block School for the Arts and the Watershed Public Theater to deliver story time every Saturday starting at 11 a.m., which will not only include stories read to children, but will also feature many colorful characters who will walk on the square. every week interacting with visitors and buyers.

The month will end with the return of the classic New Years Eve Mule Drop ceremony on December 31 hosted by Center of Hope, which is set to return to the plaza this year, which aside from the Christmas parade is the biggest event. holidays be part of this year.

But more on that later. Right now, it’s time to take advantage of the fact that Columbia has so much to offer this holiday season, certainly a big step up from last year.

What’s important now is the ability to take advantage of every week and every event as it unfolds. While the holiday season can be a stressful time for many, having so many options for fun activities gives more reason to enjoy this time of year in our city. In my experience, you don’t get that in a lot of places.

Jay powell

Jay Powell is a reporter for the Daily Herald. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @JayPowellCDH.

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