Christmas parades ring in season


By Kitsey Burns Harrison - [email protected]



JROTC members lead in the annual Christmas parade in Yadkinville.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

The Grinch glides through downtown Yadkinville in true Yadkin County style on a bright red tractor.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Starmount High School band students perform “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” in the annual Yadkinville Christmas parade.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Children take a ride through downtown Boonville at the annual Twilight Christmas parade.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Starmount’s marching band performs at the Boonville Twilight Christmas parade.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Starmount’s Homecoming Queen waves as she rides by in the annual Boonville Christmas parade.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

A bright red classic car fits right in with the festive atmosphere at the annual Twilight holiday parade in Boonville.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave from their sleigh aboard a Unifi truck in the annual Boonville parade.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

It was a festive weekend throughout the county, beginning with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Yadkinville on Friday evening and opening night of the Yadkin Arts Council’s production of “Rejoice!”

The celebrations continued on Saturday with the Yadkinville Christmas parade on Saturday morning lead by Grand Marshal P.J. Wood. Fire trucks, marching bands from Forbush High School and Starmount High School, floats from various churches and other organizations, tractors and horses rounded out the yuletide parade. The streets were lined with children and adults eager to see the festive parade and catch candy thrown by folks in the parade.

It was a busy Saturday in Boonville as well with holiday celebrations going on throughout the day at downtown businesses. The Reindeer Dash race, collecting items for Toys for Tots, kicked off at 4:30. The annual Twilight parade began around 5 p.m. with more holiday fun.

The holiday events around the county will continue this coming weekend with additional performances of “Rejoice!” at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. The show is a musical interpretation of the journey of Joseph and Mary through the birth of Christ. Performances are Dec. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger, and group pricing is available.

“It’s a wonderful mix of drama and music that not only gives the audience something important to think about, but lifts their spirits to the highest. It should not be missed, especially at this time of year,” said author and director Ron Stacker Thompson.

Also at the Yadkin Arts Council, kids will have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with Santa and all for a good cause on Dec. 17. The arts council will hosts its annual Breakfast with Santa event to benefit Yadkin County Relay for Life.

The Yadkin County Community Chorus is slated to perform selections from the Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. This Christmas tradition is under the direction of Ginger Holt with accompanist Keena Moxley and various guest musicians and made possible by contributions of the Albert J. Martin Family Foundation.

For more information on events at the Yadkin Arts Council, call 336-679-2941 or visit www.yadkinarts.org.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

JROTC members lead in the annual Christmas parade in Yadkinville.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_IMG_5041.jpgJROTC members lead in the annual Christmas parade in Yadkinville. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

The Grinch glides through downtown Yadkinville in true Yadkin County style on a bright red tractor.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_IMG_5100.jpgThe Grinch glides through downtown Yadkinville in true Yadkin County style on a bright red tractor. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Starmount High School band students perform “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” in the annual Yadkinville Christmas parade.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_IMG_5233.jpgStarmount High School band students perform “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” in the annual Yadkinville Christmas parade. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Children take a ride through downtown Boonville at the annual Twilight Christmas parade.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_kids.jpgChildren take a ride through downtown Boonville at the annual Twilight Christmas parade. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Starmount’s marching band performs at the Boonville Twilight Christmas parade.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_marching.jpgStarmount’s marching band performs at the Boonville Twilight Christmas parade. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Starmount’s Homecoming Queen waves as she rides by in the annual Boonville Christmas parade.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_queen.jpgStarmount’s Homecoming Queen waves as she rides by in the annual Boonville Christmas parade. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

A bright red classic car fits right in with the festive atmosphere at the annual Twilight holiday parade in Boonville.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_red-car.jpgA bright red classic car fits right in with the festive atmosphere at the annual Twilight holiday parade in Boonville. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Santa and Mrs. Claus wave from their sleigh aboard a Unifi truck in the annual Boonville parade.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/web1_santa.jpgSanta and Mrs. Claus wave from their sleigh aboard a Unifi truck in the annual Boonville parade. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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