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Covered Bridge Park offers activities before Saturday's parade

John Thompson • Updated Nov 28, 2017 at 5:01 PM

ELIZABETHTON — There is something new to do in town this Saturday while waiting for the start of the annual Christmas parade.

The crowd that comes to watch the Christmas parade has traditionally been an early arriving crowd. There are several reasons for this. Some want to get a nearby parking space before they are all gone. Others have a member of the family in the parade and they must come early for the staging of the parade. Others enjoy Christmas shopping before the parade.

Whatever the reasons, there have always been a lot of people waiting for a few hours before the start of the parade.

The Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department has come up with a new way to enjoy the hours before the start of the parade.

The department will transform the Covered Bridge Park into a Christmas village this Saturday for a very special afternoon leading up to the Downtown Elizabethton Christmas Parade.

Parks Department employee Kelly Kitchens said workers have been busy for the past two weeks building parts for the event, including child-size houses, evergreen trees and other imaginative additions.

Parade watchers are invited to join the Parks and Recreation Department at Covered Bridge Park from 2-5 p.m. Saturday for this free community event. The park will feature a festive Christmas village, Christmas music, games courtesy of the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library, free hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of the Carter County Drug Prevention Coalition.

The special guest will be Santa, who will sit in his special chair on the Covered Bridge stage while he hears requests from boys and girls. Pictures with Santa will be available for purchase, thanks to Oliver’s Twist Photography.

As the time for the parade grows near, guests can make their way downtown to watch the parade.

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