- Cullman, Alabama

November 29, 2012

Hanceville, Holly Pond kick off Christmas with Saturday events

By Benjamin Bullard
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — If your Saturday plans take you down U.S. Highway 31 South, make sure you pass through Hanceville before 2 p.m.

If you don’t, you might get stuck in traffic...and you might get a Christmas carol or two stuck in your head.

Hanceville will play host to the annual Cullman County Christmas parade Saturday afternoon, with the first float kicking off at 2 p.m. The route will run south down Highway 31, starting near the Hardee’s restaurant across from the Wallace State Community College campus and ending at the Hanceville city hall.

In addition to several county high school bands, there’ll be horses, Santa, and an 18-wheeler float with all of the county’s municipal mayors and county commissioners.

Hanceville mayor Kenneth nail said Wednesday it’s not too late to register if you’d like to be in the parade.

“Just come by city hall, fill out an application and there you go,” said Nail. “There’s no fee.”

Santa will be waiting at city hall for youngsters who’d like to share their Christmas wishes. Parents can take photos, and that’s free, too.

If the parade’s just not enough Christmas for you for one weekend, head over to Holly Pond later in the day for the Governor’s Park Holly Pond Centennial “Holly Days,” where the year-long celebration of the town’s first hundred years will enter its home stretch in festive style.

Saturday’s celebration starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m., but the Holly Days event will last through the month of December. Civic groups, churches and businesses in the Holly Pond area will offer Christmas wishes to the community with Christmas card-themed displays along a walking path at Governor’s Park. Saturday’s gathering will mark the opening of the walking path for the Christmas season, and refreshments and music will be free.

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* Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.