UNION COUNTY — One of the signs that the Christmas season is upon us and that Christmas Day is rapidly approaching are the Christmas Parades held by every community in Union County.
This year, Christmas Parade Season in Union County began Sunday, Nov. 26 with the Buffalo Christmas Parade inaugurating two weeks of Christmas Parades. The parade season reached its peak this past weekend with Christmas Parades in three communities.
The weekend began with the Union Christmas Parade on Friday which kicked off an evening of Christmas fun in downtown Union that included a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the lawn of the Union County Courthouse, carriage and wagon rides down Main Street, Downtown Open House which allowed those attending to do some Christmas shopping, and other Christmas entertainment and treats including a storyteller at Main Street Junction, and appearances by Santa Claus, both in the parade and at Main Street Junction.
Saturday saw the Jonesville Christmas Parade which made its way from Pacolet Street across the bridge to and then down Main Street. There were cars full of elected officials, pageant winners, and the parade marshal; fire trucks; the Union County High School Marching Band; floats from businesses and churches; and horses. Plenty of candy was thrown out from many of the parade participants to the families with children lining the streets.
The Lockhart Christmas Parade was held Sunday and kicked off an afternoon of celebration that included the Festival of Lights at Lockhart First Baptist Church. The floats that took part in the parade were judged and trophies awarded for Best Theme, Original and Attractive.
That’s a lot of Christmas Parades in one weekend, but the parade season is not over yet.
On (this) Saturday, Dec. 9, the Carlisle Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. Line up will begin at 1 p.m. on Thomas Street. Refreshments will be served at the Carlisle Town Hall following the parade. Those attending are asked to please bring at toy for the Christmas Toy Drive.
After Saturday, the Christmas Parade Season will be over, but the Christmas Season itself will still be going strong leading up to Christmas Eve when Santa — who participates in each of Union County’s Christmas Parades — will return to Union County to drop off presents and toys for good little girls and boys. Then, it will be Christmas Day and we hope everyone in all the communities that make up Union County have a very Merry Christmas.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Santa Claus waves as he and his helpers make their way down Main Street in downtown Jonesville Saturday afternoon during the Jonesville Christmas Parade. The parade was one of three Christmas Parades held this past weekend, with the others being the Union Christmas Parade held Friday and the Lockhart Christmas Parade held Sunday. As is his traditional practice, Santa took part in all of those parades as he did the Buffalo Christmas Parade the previous Sunday and as he will in the Carlisle Christmas Parade this Saturday.
Charles Warner | The Union Times USC Union was one of the many organizations that took part in the Union Christmas Parade on Main Street in downtown Union this past Friday. The Union Christmas Parade is the only one of the five community Christmas Parades in Union County that is held at night. Last weekend saw a total of three Christmas Parades held. In addition to the Union Christmas Parade on Friday there was the Jonesville Christmas Parade on Saturday and the Lockhart Christmas Parade on Sunday. The Buffalo Christmas Parade was on Sunday, Nov. 26 and the Carlisle Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday at 3 p.m.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Linda’s Beauty Nook was one of the many businesses, churches, and other organizations that took part in the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. The parade featured floats, decorated cars, fire trucks, horses, and, of course, Santa Claus. Tt is one of five community Christmas Parades held each year in Union County.
Charles Warner | The Union Times The Hejaz Warriors helped the people of Union celebrate Christmas this past Friday during the Union Christmas Parade. They were among the many organizations, churches, and businesses that took part in the parade which kicked off an evening of celebration that included Downtown Open House which gave those in attendance the opportunity do some Christmas shopping.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Union County Clerk of Court Melanie Lawson waves as she drives down Main Street in the Town of Jonesville as part of the Jonesville Christmas Parade. Lawson was among a number of local and county officials who took part in the parade Saturday afternoon. The parade also feature floats by local churches, businesses, and other organizations as well as horses and, of course, Santa Claus.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Riders and horses from the Second Ponderosa Ranch were part of the Jonesville Christmas Parade this past Saturday. The parade is one of five community Christmas Parades held each year in Union County. Union and Lockhart also held their Christmas Parades this past weekend and Buffalo held theirs on Nov. 26. Carlisle will hold its Christmas Parade this Saturday at 3 p.m.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Miss Jonesville Middle School Eliza Petty wishes everyone a Merry Christmas as she takes part in the Jonesville Christmas Parade this past Saturday. The parade featured floats and vehicles from area schools, businesses, churches, and fire departments as well as horses and an appearance by Santa Claus.
Charles Warner | The Union Times The Union Kar Connection’s float is ready to play its part in the Union Christmas Parade. The parade, which was held last Friday, is one of five community Christmas Parades held in Union County and the only one to be held at night. In addition to the Union Christmas Parade on Friday there was the Jonesville Christmas Parade on Saturday and the Lockhart Christmas Parade on Sunday. The Buffalo Christmas Parade was one Sunday, Nov. 26 and the Carlisle Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday at 3 p.m.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.