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Christmas Parades in the area.

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The parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 1 p.m.

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PACK YOUR BAGS FOR HOLIDAYS IN ORANGE

Inspired by the Olympics this summer, Orange County will take a trip to experience "Christmas Around the World" as the parade's theme this year.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m., the Orange County Holiday Parade will march down Main Street and end at the firehouse.

Among the participants in the parade are Will Coleman, a local equestrian who took part in the Olympics in London; Rosemary Willis, Miss Virginia 2012; and Stephanie Copeland, Miss Wheelchair Virginia 2012.

The Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting in Taylor Park will be held after the parade, at 5:30 p.m.

This holiday tradition honors those who have died since last Christmas by representing each person with a light on the tree.

The tree lighting is accompanied by speeches and songs from the Orange County High School choir.

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'A CANDY CHRISTMAS' IN BOWLING GREEN

Visions of sugarplums will be dancing--and not just in children's heads--at Bowling Green's Christmas parade this year.

More than 50 groups, businesses, nonprofit organizations and bands will sweeten downtown Bowling Green as they take part in "A Candy Christmas."

The parade route follows Main Street from Broaddus Street to Chase Street, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

In addition to awards for the best participants in the parade itself, there will be a contest for best window decorations among the businesses in downtown Bowling Green.

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Bridget Balch: 540/374-5444
Email: bbalch@freelancestar.com

FIRST PRESIDENT COMES TO LITTLE WASHINGTON

The Christmas season will come to Little Washington in a big way on Sunday.

Both Santa Claus and George Washington, who surveyed the Rappahannock County town in 1751, will be honorary guests at the Little Washington Festival and Holiday Parade.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a hanging of the greens service at the Washington Baptist Church. At the same time, artisans' markets will open both at the town hall and at the community theater. The markets will continue until 4 p.m.

The Baptist church will also be the scene of a Christmas stamp display from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

George Washington will be the grand marshal of the Christmas parade, which begins at 1 p.m. along Main and Gay streets.

The first president will be joined by other historic figures during a living history Valley Forge re-creation at 2 p.m.

There will be a bonfire and Christmas music at the town square, where Santa will make an appearance at 2 p.m. A magic show will be held at 2:30 at the Theatre at Little Washington.

The celebration will take place regardless of the weather, according to event planners.

For more information call 540/675-3153 or visit town.washington.va.us or vis itrappahannockva.com.

--Donnie Johnston


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Candlelight, caroling and the courthouse bell will ring in the Christmas season at Spotsylvania Courthouse.

"It's very beautiful," said Kathy Smith, public information officer for Spotsylvania County.

At sunset, approximately 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, on the Courthouse Lawn, the gentle glow of luminarias will set the mood for the musical presentations of the Chancellor High School Vocal Ensemble, the Christ Episcopal Church Choir, the Sylvannah Baptist Church Choir and the Zion United Methodist Church Choir, as they lead the audience in Christmas caroling.

Lake Anna is gearing up for its second annual Lake Is Great Christmas Tree Lighting this Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beside the Lake Is Great Store, 2991 New Bridge Road. Santa is expected to make his grand entrance at 6 p.m. and pose for children and hear what's on their wish list. There will also be kids activity stations, including ornament decorating and preparing pouches of reindeer food that can be sprinkled outdoors on Christmas Eve. Plus enjoy all your favorite holiday treats for sale, craft vendors and performances by local groups.