Christmas Season begins this week in Historic Downtown New Albany

The upcoming week in New Albany’s Historic Downtown holds two very special events to start your Christmas Season. Monday, November 26th is the “Christmas in Toyland” Parade.  On Thursday, November 29th is the Community Tree Light. Hill County Network will be set up at the Trail Head Plaza filming with returning commentators Leeann Thompson and Sam Mosley. Stop by, visit, smile and wave. If you happen to miss out stay tuned to Hill Country Network on Ch 99 or  for highlights of these special events.


Grand Marshal 2018 – Mr. Bill Mattox

Parade line-up will be from 4:00-5:45 pm on November 26th at the Union County Library’s lower parking lot. All parade participants should enter at the King Street entrance behind Rutledge Printing. Parade Committee directors and judges will help participants into the correct line. The parade will begin at 6:00 pm sharp, exiting the library parking lot onto Carter Avenue and proceeding up to Main Street. The route will head west on Main Street, going around the corner to Bankhead Street, turning east, traveling through the historic downtown shopping district, and going past the Union County Courthouse. The route will finish by turning south onto Camp Avenue, heading back onto Main Street, moving under the Tanglefoot Trail walking bridge, and ending back at the lower library parking lot.




The Third Annual Tree Lighting at Cooper Park is the last in a series of community-based events hosted by the New Albany Main Street Association throughout 2018.

Two fifth grade students, Carly Pegues (New Albany Elementary School) and Roxie Roberson (East Union Attendance Center) will have the honor of lighting the tree on Thursday, November 29th. The Main Street Association sponsored an art contest for all fifth-grade students at both New Albany and Union County school districts. “With over one hundred entries, the Tree Lighting committee had a lot of great pictures to consider,” commented Tracy Vainisi, assistant to the Main Street director. “What ultimately made Carly and Roxie the picks from each school was their ability to capture the spirit of the theme which was Christmas in Toyland and the details that they each put in their art that shows the excitement around the tree on Christmas morning.”

Billye Jean Stroud, the Main Street Association’s director, and Vainisi hope to pack Bankhead Street with community members from all over the city and county. The Main street Association will have Mississippi Smooth Carriage Service stationed in front of Southern Traditions from 5-7pm. Anchor volunteers will be serving hot cocoa and assisting at The Gazette for visits with Santa. New Albany’s elementary, middle, and high school music programs will be performing some of their favorite Christmas music. The tree will be lit at 6 pm.




Thanks to :

Tracy Vainisi, New Albany Main Street and Community Development

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