Residents of Millbrook and the surrounding areas are gearing up for the city’s Spirit of Christmas events on Nov. 29 and Dec. 1.
According to organizer Kathy Kelley, this year’s theme is “A Musical Millbrook Christmas.” Kelley said the theme was selected from several options and reflects recent events in the city.
“It’s been a very musical year,” Kelley said. “One of our (Stanhope Elmore High School) band members is going to be marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.”
The Spirit of Christmas begins with the tree lighting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29 at Village Green Park. While there will be bleachers, Kelley said visitors are also welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
After the tree is lit, Kelley said the event will feature a Christmas light display in the park, where visitors can tune in to a special radio station in their cars and watch as the lights flash in sync with the music.
Kelley said the light show was added to the tree-lighting ceremony about five years ago and it has been popular with the locals ever since.
“We started out small and kept growing,” Kelley said. “Each year, we add more music and more decorations.”
Kelley said food vendors will also be onsite and the event will feature performances by local musicians and local school choirs.
The annual Christmas parade is set for 2 p.m. on Dec. 1. Each year, Kelley said the parade includes about 100 entries from local businesses, schools, churches and civic organizations.
“Our parade is the best in Elmore County. At least, that’s what everybody says,” Kelley said.
While many parades no longer throw items, the Millbrook organizers allow candy and prizes to be thrown to onlookers, Kelley said
“We’d hate to not throw out candy because that’s so important to the kids,” Kelley said.
Because of the musical accomplishments of many locals, Kelley said SEHS band director and choir director Wesley Morris was selected as the parade’s grand marshal along with members of both groups.
Before they board their floats, Kelley said Santa and Mrs. Claus will spend most of the day at the park’s gazebo to take pictures with local families through Chrietzberg Photography.
Additionally, Kelley said there will be vendors, food and activities at Village Green Park starting at 9 a.m. that day.
Kelley said the Spirit of Christmas festivities have taken place annually for more than three decades and have become a much-anticipated tradition for many locals.
“This is the start of Christmas for everybody here,” Kelley said.