Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Westwood Friday, Dec. 6. The couple will take part in the Light Parade at 6 p.m., riding to the community center at Third and Birch streets in a truck provided by the Westwood Fire Department. File photo

Santa to make Westwood appearance

Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Westwood Friday, Dec. 6. The couple will take part in the Light Parade at 6 p.m., riding to the community center at Third and Birch streets in a truck provided by the Westwood Fire Department.

During the event sponsored by the Westwood Chamber of Commerce, the Christmas tree will be lit and fire pits stoked on the grounds of the community center. Calvary Chapel Women’s Ministry will be selling soup by the cupful, and the Chamber offers free hot chocolate and cookies.

Once Santa and Mrs. Claus are comfortably seated on chairs near the Christmas tree in the Westwood Community Center, the couple makes note of each child’s gift list, poses for photos and gives children a big, red and white striped peppermint candy stick. The photos can be snapped with a digital camera or cell phone by family members or friends.

Many children who visit Santa at the event are the second or third generation of family members to participate. Families throughout the region are invited to take part.

Inside the community center there will be a craft table provided by the chamber with items to create an ornament for the family Christmas tree. The Westwood Family Resource Center will host a book table where each child can select the story of their choice to take home.

Christmas in the Mountains is an annual event. For more information, contact the Westwood Chamber of Commerce at 256-2456.

 

Want to join the parade?

The parade is part of the Christmas in the Mountains festivities. Organizations, agencies, businesses, school groups, churches, families, friends and individuals are invited to take part by entering a float, vehicle, walking group or band. All entries must be lighted.

To enter, print a form from the chamber website: westwoodareachamber.net or simply show up. Last minute entries will be welcome. All parade entries must meet at Westwood Park on Greenwood Street with check-in and lineup beginning at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Westwood Park. Parade participants may distribute candy.

For additional details, contact the Westwood Chamber of Commerce at 256-2456.