Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging the community to ring in the holidays with a special tree lighting event at Stone Bridge Park on Friday, Dec. 6, and the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The city’s First Annual Bright Lights and Festive Nights at Stone Bridge Park will officially get underway Friday evening as the Christmas Tree Trail is lit for all to enjoy.
Part of a continuing effort to decorate the park for the holidays, Bright Lights and Festive Nights featured the Christmas Tree Trail for the first time last year. The event offers local businesses, nonprofits, families and other organizations an opportunity to decorate Christmas trees for the public’s enjoyment.
The lighting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and include music and a food truck for everyone to enjoy.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Fayetteville’s annual Christmas Parade will get underway at 5 p.m.
The theme this year will be “A Hometown Christmas, Past, Present, and Future.” Fayetteville High School’s Tiger football team will serve as parade grand marshals, and their participation will be highlighted by a tribute to student-athlete Tate Tuten, who wore the number 12 on the Tiger football team – Tuten was killed in an accident on Oct. 5, just one day after the team won their first ever regional title. The Tigers finished their 2019 season undefeated.
Santa Claus has made arrangements with Fayetteville Parks and Recreation to appear in the parade again this year, confirmed staff Monday.
The parade will start at the intersection of Thornton Taylor and Wilson parkways and make its way up Main Avenue, across the town square, ending in the area of Washington Street.
For information on sponsoring a tree or about the Christmas Parade, contact Fayetteville Parks and Recreation at 931-433-6059.