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Athens Lighted Christmas Parade, Holiday on the Square slated for Dec. 7

ATHENS, November 29, 2013--The annual lighted Christmas Parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m., in downtown Athens, on Saturday, December 7.

Parade winners will be announced downtown at the judges’ staging area 30 minutes after the parade.  Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners, sponsored by Republic Services and Kevin Lilly’s McDonald’s. The first place winner will receive $500, second place $300 and third place $200.

The fun doesn't end yet; stick around for the After Parade Party, sponsored by local churches, which will be bigger and better this year.  The After Parade Party will feature 17 inflatables including slides and bounce houses, booths and music in downtown Athens.

Come early for Holiday on the Square, sponsored by the Light Up Athens committee, that will take place downtown on the Courthouse Square from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and will feature a Holiday Market, arts and crafts for children, visits with Santa, and the lighting of the Christmas Tree.  Keep Athens Beautiful will have a food booth with pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and Frito pie, while supplies last.

Other holiday events that will take place in Athens the day of the Christmas Parade include the Cain Center’s Breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m., and a special showing of the “Polar Express” at 3 p.m., at the Henderson County Library.

Bring the entire family and join us downtown for Christmas around the Square.

For more information about Athens including accommodations and other upcoming events, please visit us online at www.AthensTX.org or call us at 888-294-2847 to request a free visitor's guide.

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