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Christmas season in the Tug Valley will soon be celebrated as plans for the Great White Way have been finalized. The annual holiday kick-off brings Santa Claus to downtown Williamson and is a traditional way for friends and neighbors to begin enjoying the holidays.
Area clubs and civic groups are encouraged to participate. Booths are free, but must be reserved by contacting Natalie Young of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce at (304) 235-5240.
Friday, Nov. 27
Gingerbread Workshop 11 a.m. at Brass Tree Restaurant on Prichard Street. Cost for gingerbread house kit is $4 each.
Saturday, Nov. 28
The Polar Express will pick up rides in front of the Coal House from 1 5 p.m. Rides are $1 for children, $2 for adults. Sponsored by the Williamson Area Railroad Museum.
Wassail and Hot Chocolate will be served at the Coal House from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., provided by the Williamson Womans Club.
Punch and cookies will be provided by Goodwill Industries at the store on Second Avenue, 3 - 5 p.m.. A customer appreciation sale will also be held.
Live Nativity on Logan Street from 11a.m.- 4 p.m. Sponsored by the East Williamson Baptist Church.
Santas Workshop will feature hand made goodies by local elves from 10 4 p.m. on Logan Street.
A Kids Reindeer Run will be sponsored by the Tug Valley Roadrunners Club. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m., race at 4 p.m. in front of the Williamson Public Library on Logan Street. David Hatfield is in charge of this event.
Great White Way Bake-Off will be sponsored by Action In Mingo and the City of Williamson at Living Water Church on Second Avenue. Five categories: cakes, pies, candy and miscellaneous desserts. Prizes - $100 1st place, $50 2nd place, $25 3rd place. Presentation will be a consideration for judging. Bring entries to church by noon.
A Quilt Contest will be sponsored by the Mingo County Democrat Women
Entries must be brought to Williamson Christian School (Consuming Fire Ministries) by noon. Judging will be from 2 p.m. 4p.m.
Prizes awarded at 4 p.m., $100 for Best in Show, $50 for most traditional quilt, and $25 for Most Unusual. For more information call 235-1492.
Parade & Arrival of Santa 5 p.m. Meet Santa at the Living Water Church with a reception and treat bags immediately following the parade. Parade participants will line up at the Sycamore Inn on Prichard Street. The parade route will lead through town to Living Water Church, where the Meet Santa Reception will be held. Williamson Mayor Darrin McCormicks famous chili and winners from the bake-off will be served.
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