Friday, December 5, 2014

Mama on a Budget: 2014 Holiday Walk- Parade of Trees

Editor's Note: The community victory celebration for the Highlands Football State Championship win will take place at 8:15, directly after the holiday walk at the Highlands PAC. 

2014 Holiday Walk-  Parade of Trees – Sunday December 7th 5:30pm- 8pm

This story marks the final story of 2014 dedicated to highlighting the awesome community events sponsored by the City of Fort Thomas.  More personally, it also marks (hopefully!) the final story I write before the birth of my third child!  With all of that swirling around and with the intoxicating frenzy of this (and any) holiday season, it is hard to believe it is time, yet again, for the Fort Thomas Holiday Walk!

But alas, it most certainly is that time of year.  The tree has been cut and delivered to Inverness.  The Garden Club and a few city employees have decorated it and, as usual, it has turned out to be very beautiful.  And the city is all set for the annual tree lighting this Sunday at 5:45 which will kick off the Holiday Walk.  This year’s tree was donated by Dr. Nick Gates.

The Holiday Walk committee has been planning this event since before the historically successful Merchant and Music Festival. Every year, the committee makes a few minor changes on an otherwise formulaic event in an effort to perfect it to be the best Holiday walk ever. Side note, the weather is supposed to cooperate as well this year.

The Holiday Walk will start with the opening ceremony at 5:30 at Inverness and the tree lighting at 5:45.  Following a welcome by the mayor, Dance Express will be dancing and singing again this year.  The last song will be “Here Comes Santa” signaling the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in the carriage!  Then Santa will go around town for a few minutes and then go to Firehouse for pictures with the children, sponsored again this year by Marian Sizemore State Farm.

The inter-city carriage rides and shuttle vans will be operating free of charge again this year, sponsored by Executive Transportation.  Additionally, a lot of businesses will be hosting an open house with lots of food, entertainment and items to be given away.   Also this year, the Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP) will be at the city building with puppies to be adopted in time for the holidays (writer’s note- pets do NOT make a good gift for the holidays unless the recipient is fully prepared for taking on the responsibility; please remember it is a live animal you’d be taking home).

After a successful campaign last year, the Fort Thomas Women’s Club will have another Gingerbread house contest. If you would like to participate in the contest drop off your Gingerbread house December 6th between 12 and 2pm.  Trains will be at the Clock Tower sponsored by the Highland Baptist Church.  There will also be singers, boy scouts, bagpipes, Sinfonia (Highlands Strings Performing), Children’s Art Academy (hosted by the US Bank), three businesses from Inverness will be on the side of Citizen’s Bank, and the 15 North and 33 North will be open to showcase their new businesses. 

The event looks to be yet another fun-filled and spirited evening with so much to do, see and eat.  Please come enjoy the evening with all of us in the Center of Fort Thomas. 



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