Christmas in a Small Town

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December 2019

Ice Rink: Bigger and better! Our 40’X50’ rink this year will be almost twice as big as last year’s--and holds 50-60 people at a time! That means more skaters and less wait time! $5 for 20 minutes; new sessions begin on the half-hour and on the hour. Hours will be Thursday: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday: Noon - 9:00 p.m. School groups are scheduled Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. as well.

Christmas in a Small Town will be having events and activities throughout the month of December. There will be a variety of characters available for children to meet and take photos with including Frozen’s Olaf, Christmas Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Santa Claus.

Miller Family Fun Center will also provide inflatables for children during Christmas in a Small Town.

On Monday, Dec. 9, the Hazard Area Community Choir and the Community Youth Choir, under the direction of Leatha Patterson, will perform “A Candlelight Christmas.” This event will take place at 7 p.m. at Bowman United Methodist Church. Admittance is free but they will be accepting donations of gloves and/or socks for both children and adults.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, Family Discount Night for ice skating will be available for only $10 for an entire family at 6 p.m. There will also be a free cookie decorating station for kids.

From Dec. 12-14 Davidson Baptist are hosting their annual Drive Live Nativity from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each evening.

On Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., the parade of lights will go through downtown Hazard. Participants will decorate their trucks, cars and other vehicles with holiday lights.

The annual Giving Tree event is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. This year the event will begin on the street in front of the First Federal Building and parking structure and end at Triangle Park. This event is for children ages 13 and under and they must be present to receive one item from each tree.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, community members are invited to have dinner and see a show at the DAV Chapter 64 at 165 Industry Drive. The event will feature music performed by the Jack Strong Band as well as play performed by Big Leatherwood First Baptist Church Admittance is $10 per person.

On Dec. 14 Pathfinders of Perry County will be hosting the first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater walk/run. Those wishing to register for the walk/run registration will begin around 12:30 p.m. at the Triangle Park. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the cost of admission is a non-perishable food item that will be donated to those in need.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, the First Baptist Church on Main Street will be open for self-guided tours of the buildings stained glass windows. Doors will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

As a new addition there will be an ice sculptor at the Triangle Park on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The long-standing tradition of Chick’s Christmas Village will return this year on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. at the shelter beside city hall. The first 300 children ages 12 and under receive free items.

The second annual “Battle of the Bowls” Chili Cookoff will pit Perry County’s first responders against one another to compete for the peoples choice award.  There’s no charge for the chili but donations are welcome--they’ll go to the charities of the first responder group’s choice. Cooking will take place on site at Triangle Park beginning around noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, and chili tasting will begin at approximately 2 p.m.

Another new addition will feature Christmas carol choreographed firework on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., The fireworks will be shot from the same area that is used for the Independence Day fireworks. Those watching the display can tune to WSGS, 101.1 FM on their radio, to hear the Christmas carols synchronized to the fireworks.

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When driving down Main Street, tune your FM radio to 102.5 and watch the tree lights dance to the music in front of the courthouse! The 18-foot tree contains over 1400 lights sequenced to flash with the beat of the music. Best viewed after dark, but the effects continue 24 hours a day to allow everyone to take a look.

Video courtesy of Kevin Vermillion