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Christmas events this weekend

By Leigh Anne Butler

The Christmas season officially begins this weekend in Tallassee. Events are slated for Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4.

"We are looking forward to something quite different," Jerry Cunningham, executive director of the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce stated. "The Holiday Market starts off our Christmas in Tallassee on Friday from 2-8 p.m. in Veteran’s Park across from City Hall.

"We will of course have our vendor booths, but what we are doing differently this year is a children’s candlelight processional. Mrs. Claus is going to lead children from the East Tallassee Shopping Center over to Santa, who will be at the park at 6.  We will have the Christmas tree lighting at 6. After this event is over at 8, Restoration 49 will have live Christmas music until 9. Saturday the Holiday Market continues at 8 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. The Christmas parade begins at 10."

The parade will travel from the East Tallassee Church of Christ to Tallassee High School. 

"After the parade is over we’ll have Downtown Christmas where all the businesses will be open until 2. We are going to have snow in the park, carolers on several blocks, a train ride for children, Santa Claus at Grove Station, Mrs. Claus at the Chamber office, and hot chocolate at Restoration 49. There will also be a Christmas tree at the Chamber office that will be decorated with ornaments from local Tallassee businesses.

"We also have downtown lit up with Christmas lights, which is nice. Most of the buildings in downtown have lights lining the rooftops. We are going to keep them permantly and keep them up all year. It is something that really improves the city’s look without a tremendous amount of resources. We are having to do it little by little and I think it looks really nice.

Graphic by Deana Russell

"We are taking an initiative towards downtown to create some more uniformity with all the businesses.  The businesses have matching wreaths and we are also putting out Christmas flags. The park downtown will be decorated as well. It doesn’t sound like a lot but little things like this add a nice touch."

In conjunction with the weekend activities, the Tallassee Community Development Corporation will be conducting a camp stew sale on Dec 3. 

"After Covid put things on hold for the Tailgate Partner events, this is the first opportunity since early 2020 for the community to get some of the beloved camp stew," said Brad Davis of the CDC. "The event will help kick things off for a very busy weekend for Tallassee."  

There will be pre-order tickets available at the Chamber office. Pickup will be at the Chamber/CDC office on the corner of Barnett Boulevard and South Ann Avenue.