Cities get into holiday spirit this weekend

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By Alex Wimsatt

 SHEPHERDSVILLE — Bullitt County will look a lot more like the holidays starting this weekend.

Three traditional holiday happenings will return this Friday and Saturday. Each will be open to the public.


Shepherdsville Christmas Parade and Light Up

Liberty Tax Service and the American Red Cross will again team up to light up the streets of Shepherdsville this Friday.

The annual Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m.  The parade begins at Bullitt Lick Middle and will conclude in the Shepherdsville City Park.

Spectators are urged to line Buckman Street and then follow the units down to the park.

The city of Shepherdsville will again light up its First Street Park throughout the holiday season.

The drive-thru display has hundreds of lights.

At the conclusion of the parade, Santa will light up the Christmas tree in the park near Buckman Street.

Everyone is invited to the festivities.

Proceeds from the parade benefit the American Red Cross. To see if you can get a last-minute parade unit into the festivities ($25 fee), call the Red Cross at 543-7501 or Liberty Tax Service at 543- 0655.


Light Up Mount Washington

Light Up Mount Washington will kick off the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 30.

The merriment will begin at 6 p.m. along Old Bardstown Road at Mount Washington City Plaza near the old Methodist church.

The city Christmas Tree near the City Plaza fountain on Old Bardstown Road will be lit between 6 and 6:30 p.m. with help from master of ceremonies and local radio personality Bobby Jack Murphy of 105.5 WLVK.

Jolly old Saint Nicholas will make his grand entrance with a gift for every boy and girl and he will also be on hand for free photo-ops.

Complete with free carriage rides, fun activities for kids, Christmas caroling and music throughout the evening, Light Up Mount Washington promises something for the whole family.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks will be available for purchase and, as always, the city of Mount Washington will be providing free cookies and hot chocolate.

For more information about Light Up Mount Washington contact City Hall at (502) 538-4216.


Lebanon Junction Christmas in the City

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Lebanon Junction Old Fashion Days Committee will get the holiday season started with Christmas in the City.

The festivities are set to begin at 5:30 p.m. when everyone’s invited to gather at the Community Center on Poplar Street for the local yuletide festivities.

As darkness descends upon the city, folks will be invited to join Santa Claus and Mayor Butch Sweat for a special tree lighting ceremony at Lebanon Junction Memorial Park next to City Hall on Main Street.

Following the tree lighting everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments at the community center, where Santa will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes.

Down the street from Lebanon Junction Memorial Park folks can also enjoy festive holiday lights displays by local residence at the City Park on Wall Street. 

Dubbed Light Up the Park, the new event is expected to become an annual favorite, and though the Lebanon Junction Parks Committee, which is coordinating the event, will happily accept donations to benefit various recreational initiatives, the event is free.

“We just want the park to look pretty for the people of Lebanon Junction,” said parks committee member Dana Baumgardner.

For more information about Lebanon Junction Christmas in the City, contact Phillips at (502) 833-4430. For more information about Light Up the Park, contact Baumgardner at (502) 833-4603.