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A float from the 2019 Town of Whitesville Christmas parade travels through downtown.

BOONE COUNTY — Events throughout Boone County are set to celebrate the Christmas season for 2021.

After similar events were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers and community leaders say they are excited to return some tradition to their citizens.

Town of Whitesville Councilman and Fire Chief Matt Lively spoke about the excitement of organizing a parade once again.

“After canceling last year’s parade due to safety concerns, we are excited to bring it back this year,” Lively said. “After such a difficult period of time, the community truly needs an opportunity like this to promote the Christmas spirit and gain some sense of normalcy. This has been a tradition in our area for many years, and we hope this year is a record turnout. I truly believe activities like these are what makes small communities so special.”

On Nov. 23, Little’s Café of Madison held a “Breakfast with Santa” event that provided free breakfast to special needs adults and children, with Santa making a special appearance.

West Madison Grocery has a drop box for letters to Santa, and youth across the county are encouraged to participate and submit their letters.

On Dec. 3, the City of Madison will host its annual nighttime Christmas Parade beginning at 6 p.m. The parade will begin at Scott High School and make its way down Riverside Drive and conclude after a trek down Main Street.

The Town of Whitesville will host its annual Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, with the lineup meeting at 5 p.m. Santa will make a special appearance for photos at Whitesville Heritage Park.

On Dec. 5, The B.A.R.N Community Center in Nellis will offer a free photo with Santa from 8-10 a.m. when you bring in a new toy. Breakfast will be served for $5.

On Dec. 11, Park Avenue restaurant of Danville will host a breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. and again from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For $10 in advance or $15 at the door, there will be food, games and a photo provided with Santa and The Grinch.

For more information about lineup and participation in Madison’s Parade, contact Crystal Cook at 304-688-2339. For the Town of Whitesville’s parade, contact Matt Lively at 304-550-4711.

Please email details for other Christmas events to Phil Perry at pperry@hdmediallc.com as this story will be updated.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at 304-307-2401.

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