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Christmas parade Saturday

The Tallassee Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade is on for 2020. The event returns in its same time and place – on the first Saturday in December at 10 a.m.

The route remains the same as well for the Dec. 5 event, beginning at the East Tallassee Church of Christ and concluding at Tallassee High School. Expect the usual merry participants too; local marching bands, dance groups and of course, jolly old Saint Nick.

"(Santa) is still coming, despite COVID," Chamber director Jerry Cunningham said regarding having the parade during the ongoing pandemic. "It is outside. People can distance themselves. It'll be up to the individuals. A lot of it is common sense."

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 334-283-5151 or visit their website.

There will be no Holiday Market this year.

"We're so appreciative that Tripp Storm all these years has done the market. It is more and more difficult because he's out of town a lot more. They're not having it this year. It's not a Chamber event, but we try to help. Next year, our plans are to pick it back up."

To enhance the Christmas mood, the Chamber of Commerce is adding more lights in the downtown district.

"The businesses are helping contribute," Cunningham said. "It really makes the downtown area look nice."

Sandy and Danny Phillips

Danny and Sandy Phillips have added to the holiday decor downtown with their Christmas village display in the storefront of the former Living Waters Ministry building owned by Wylie Troupe.

"We've been collecting them for a long time," Danny said. "We didn't have the room to put it up in our house, so we thought maybe we can put it out where somebody else can see it. Mr. Troupe was kind enough to let us use the building."

The building is directly across from the Tallassee Police Station on Barnett Boulevard.

"It's got Santa Claus floating over the top of the village. Each one of the pieces have a light in it. If you want to see everything lit up, I'd wait until about 5:30 at night. At 10:00 it cuts itself off."