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Santa is county’s busiest elf with four Yule parades this weekend / November 29, 2017
Christmas parades and festivities abound this week as towns throughout Mecklenburg County get in the holiday spirit.

Leading the list of holiday spectacles are Christmas parades this weekend in Clarksville, Bracey, South Hill and Chase City. The Town of Clarksville goes first with its annual Friday night parade, starting at 6 p.m. Santa will be checking his list for the naughty and nice as the procession makes its way along Virginia Avenue in downtown Clarksville.

Earlier in the day Friday, United Country Virginia Realty will host their annual Christmas Open House from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The public is invited to have lunch with the real estate agents and staff of United Country at their offices at 405 Virginia Avenue, Clarksville. All they ask is that you bring a new toy or canned food as a donation to the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services toy drive or to the Clarksville Food Bank.

South Hill and Chase City will host their Christmas parades on Sunday. Before then, however, Santa will be making a special guest appearance at the Estes Center in Chase City to pose with photos with the children, during the MacCallum More Museum and Gardens annual Christmas Bazaar. The bazaar opens Saturday, at 9 a.m. Local bakers and crafters will be joining St. Nick for this event. Come prepared to kick off your holiday shopping.

Santa’s next stop Saturday will take him to Lake Gaston for the Bracey community Christmas Parade and Grand Illumination, set to start at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Santa will be a very, very busy elf indeed. His first appearance comes Sunday afternoon in South Hill, with the annual South Hill Chamber of Commerce/Touchstone Bank Christmas Parade through downtown starting at 2 p.m.

Later that evening, Santa will saddle up for his annual ride on the back of a fire truck during the Chase City Christmas Parade, which runs along Main Street starting at 6 p.m.

Also on the holiday calendar this week:

The South Hill Farmers Market will hold its annual Christmas market sale Saturday, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with three dozen local vendors, musical entertainment and concessions available.

Boydton’s Grand Illumination ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, at the Courthouse Square. There will be carols and performances by the Clarksville Elementary School Chorus before the lighting of the tree.

On Tuesday at 6 p.m., MacCallum More Museum and Gardens will hold its Grand Illumination at the gardens at 603 Hudgins Street in Chase City, featuring lighted displays created by members of the community and refreshments. The public is invited to this free event.

Boyd Tavern in Boydton will welcome the public to their Annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 2-4 p.m. Santa will be the main attraction taking pictures with the children and handing out goodie bags. For the adults, there will be caroling and cookies and cider. The event is free to the public.

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