Holiday events to fill nights in three cities

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By Alex Wimsatt

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - With the turkey leftovers consumed and the shopping frenzy of Black Friday merely an after-thought on the credit cards, several Bullitt County communities are gearing up to kick off the holiday season.
    This weekend will feature festivities in Shepherdsville, Mount Washington and Lebanon Junction. Hillview hosted its Winterfest celebration prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.


Light Up Shepherdsville
    The annual lighting of the Christmas tree in the First Street Park has been a ritual for a decade in Shepherdsville.
    But three years ago, Liberty Tax Service added a new wrinkle - a Christmas parade.
    The fourth annual Liberty Tax Holiday Parade will kick off the festivities in Shepherdsville on Friday, Dec. 2.
    Units - from dump trucks to garage trucks to just about anything else on wheels - will be covered with Christmas lights as they proceed from Bullitt Lick Middle School, onto Highway 44 West to Buckman Street.
    The units will organize at the middle school at 5:30 p.m. and the parade normally hits Buckman Street right at 6 p.m.
    The parade will conclude in the city park with Santa Claus atop the Shepherdsville Fire Department truck. He will join Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis in turning on the lights to the city park at about 6:30 p.m.
    The lighted displays will be remain open to the public through New Year's Day. There is no cost to drive through the display.
    Businesses and civic groups have an opportunity to get involved.
    A $25 fee to enter a unit in the parade goes to the American Red Cross. The theme this year is A Star Spangled Christmas.
    Spots may still be available by calling 955-6259.
    The city of Shepherdsville is also allowing businesses and groups to set up lighted displays. The holiday displays can include a sponsorship sign. To get involved with that, call 543-2923.
    Warm or cold, the streets of downtown Shepherdsville will be lined up this Friday evening as Christmas kicks off.

Light Up Mount Washington
     Light Up Mount Washington will kick off the holiday season at City Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 3.
    The merriment will begin at 5 p.m.
The city Christmas Tree near the City Plaza fountain on Old Bardstown Road will be lit between 6 and 6:30 p.m.  
    Santa Clause will make a grand entrance with a gift for every child and will be on hand for pictures.
    The event will feature carriage rides, a clown, balloon animals, a petting zoo, games, crafts and other activities for kids.
    There will also be live music and the Bullitt East Dance Team will be performing.
    ValuMarket will be selling grilled hot dogs, pork chop sandwiches and ribeye sandwiches. And as always, the city will have free cookies and hot chocolate.
For more information contact City Hall at (502) 538-4216.

Lebanon Junction Christmas in the City
    On Saturday, Dec. 3, 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 p.m. when everyone's invited to gather at the Community Center on Poplar Street.
    As darkness descends upon the city folks will be invited to join Santa and Mayor Butch Sweat for a special tree lighting ceremony at Lebanon Junction Memorial Park on Main Street, next to City Hall.
    Following the tree lighting, everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments at the Community Center where Santa will be on hand for photo ops and to take Christmas wishes.
    Old Fashion Days Committee member Allie Phillips said there will be caroling and plenty of holiday cheer to go around.
"We're looking for a happy holiday season for everybody," Phillips said. "It's a great way to kick off the season."
    For more information contact Phillips at (502) 833-4430.