When and Where to See Christmas Parades in the County
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas parade season — and there are plenty to see.
Here's when to see a parade in your community in Sumner County. Parades are listed in chronological order.
Portland Christmas Festival & Parade
Before the "Christmas Movies at the Park" parade, visit Santa, decorate cookies and crafts, shop and hear live music. The tree lighting ceremony will follow the parade.
When: Dec. 2. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. on Main Street; parade begins at 5:30 p.m.
Route: Freedom Drive to Market Street.
Details: portlandcofc.com, 615-325-9032
Westmoreland Christmas Parade
After runners wind down from the second annual Rudolph Run, neighbors can gather for the parade themed "Peace on Earth", plus free music, games and train rides. Retired Air Force GS-14 Senior Analyst Ruth Ewalt is grand marshal.
When: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2
Route: Parade begins at Westmoreland Middle School, down Old Highway 31 E, east on Austin Peay Highway and north on Park Street back to the school.
Note: The Rudolph Run is at 1 p.m. at the Westmoreland Public Library. Tickets are $25 benefiting Christmas for Children.2016
Goodlettsville Christmas Parade
This year's parade gets sweet with the theme "Candy Cane Lane." Proceeds benefit the Goodlettsville Help Center, which serves the needy with food and financial help.
When: 4 p.m. Dec. 2
Route: Parade begins at the Delmas Long Community Center, up Memorial Drive, right onto Main Street and ends at the Goodlettsville Plaza.
Note: Goodlettsville has a variety of other Christmas activities this weekend, including the tree lighting Friday and Yulefest Saturday. Visit www.cityofgoodlettsville.org/758/Christmas-on-Main-Street for more information.
Details: www.cityofgoodlettsville.org/803/Christmas-Parade, 615-851-2231
White House Christmas Parade
This year's parade, with the theme "A Rock 'n' Roll Christmas," takes place after the White House Area Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Running of the Elves Christmas Fun Run.
When: 1 p.m. Dec. 2
Route: Parade begins at the White House Municipal Park, east on Highway 76, right onto 31W, then right onto West Drive back to the park.
Details:www.cityofwhitehouse.com/news/424-parade-information, 615-672-4350, ext. 2114
Hendersonville Christmas Parade
In its 42nd year, "A Star Spangled Christmas Parade" will feature grand marshal Dana Williams of Diamond Rio plus horse-drawn floats and Christmas characters. This year's judges are Dr. Paul Leavitt of Leavitt Family Med, Channel 4's Holly Thompson, Fox 17's Scott Couch, Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce CEO Kathleen Hawkins and Chuck Harper of Windham Professionals.
When: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3
Route: Parade begins at Drakes Creek Park, heads west down Main Street and ends at Executive Park Drive.
Details: www.holidayfesttn.org/event/annual-christmas-parade-hendersonville, 615-429-6784 or 615-517-5714
Gallatin Christmas Parade
The Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce's annual parade returns with the theme "Christmas in Toyland." Once again, Danny McCorkle will perform holiday music from the balcony of the Gallatin Public Library before the parade.
When: Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 9
Route: Parade begins at the Sumner Regional Medical Center, goes down Main Street and ends at Gallatin High School.
Details: www.gallatintn.org/programs-events/calendar-of-events, 615-452-4000
Sumner County "Deck the Hulls" Christmas Boat Parade
Christmas parades aren't just for land. See boaters light up the water to benefit the Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee.
When: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9
Where: Drakes Creek Marina
Bethpage Christmas Parade
While small, the Bethpage community hosts its own parade closer to Christmas Day.
When: 1 p.m. Dec. 23
Where: Old Highway 31 E
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