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Gary Sheed aka Father Christmas is preparing for a busy time during the annual parade in Geraldine

JOHN BISSET STUFF Gary Sheed aka Father Christmas is preparing for a busy time during the annual parade in Geraldine

Marching bands, Christmas-themed floats and Santa Claus will take to downtown streets for holiday parades.

Santa is expected to arrive on a fire truck around 5 p.m. and Mayor Richard J. Kos will flip the switch to turn on the lights on the Christmas tree and other decorations in front of City Hall shortly after his arrival.

If you missed the recent Winterfest parade, or you just want to see Santa Claus again, the 49th Annual Windsor Santa Claus Parade is this weekend.

Gary Sheed aka Father Christmas is preparing for a busy time during the annual parade in Geraldine
JOHN BISSET STUFF Gary Sheed aka Father Christmas is preparing for a busy time during the annual parade in Geraldine

Franklin County: Sunday, 3 p.m. - The parade starts at Breckinridge Elementary School and winds through Historic Fincastle (townoffincastle.org; 473-2200). Street parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and carpooling is advised.

Waxhaw's Holiday Festival of Lights Ceremony is Saturday from 4-8 p.m., when roughly 500,000 lights will fill up Downtown. With Louisa celebrating its 275th year, plan on having some old-fashioned fun, including gold panning for the children, along with rope making and blacksmith demonstrations. Don't forget your camera for a photo opportunity with Santa. - Returning for its second year, the parade will start at Knights of Columbus off Brambleton Avenue.

Things kick-off Friday with the city of Richmond Hill's annual Chili Cook Off from 6-9 p.m.at J.F. Gregory Park.

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