During the parade, toys are collected for needy children ages in Walker County, and residents give cash donations or toys to Santa, who was the star of the parade that went up and down the streets of Lookout Mountain, Ga.
The parade started at Fairyland Elementary School and proceeded down Rock City Trail to Cinderella, Aladdin, and Peter Pan roads before coming back to Red Riding Hood and ending at Lookout Mountain, Ga., City Hall. Santa (Scott Chapman from the street department) rode on his float with his lighted Christmas tree, while his sidekick, the dancing elf (Caleb Hobson of the street department) entertained the crowd. Live music blared from Santa’s “sleigh” and from the fire trucks, and when the crowd of over 200 people arrived at city hall, Mayor David Bennett threw the switch to light the beautiful tree at the heart of the future town center. Jay Brooks, a volunteer fireman, played his guitar and sang Christmas carols.
Folks bundled up and spread holiday cheer as they enjoyed coffee, hot chocolate and cookies from Apison Creek Coffee Roasters’ food truck, compliments of Love Lookout. With people of all ages singing, children laughing and playing, and much gaiety all around, the kickoff of the holiday season in Lookout Mountain, Ga., was a success!
by Gwin Tugman