HAZARD — As part of the Christmas in a Small Town, churches, school groups, and civic organizations placed Christmas trees along the sidewalks in downtown Hazard. The trees have ornaments and other items that families can take home with them. The trees are affectionately called “The Giving Trees.”
Besides ornaments, the trees have gloves, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hats, and other items families can take home with them.
Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander said he remembered growing up and coming to downtown Hazard to see the Christmas decorations and Christmas lights. Alexander said he remembered how excited he was to see that as a child.
“I want to give that back to the families and the youth that are still here, that feeling of how great it is to live in a small town,” said Alexander.
Normally, Alexander said, residents have to travel to bigger cities to enjoy activities, such as ice skating and toboggan sledding and other Christmas events.
“I want our youth to have the small opportunities, right here, as you do in the bigger cities.” said Alexander.
Alexander said he wanted to bring that same excitement he felt as a child to downtown Hazard.
“It’s putting life back into downtown and getting people excited to come back downtown,” said Alexander.
Alexander would like to thank the Perry County Fair Board.
“And as always in a small town, we can not make this possible without our sponsors,” said Alexander.
These events are not taxpayer funded. Alexander said local businesses and organizations have stepped up and sponsored the events and the Christmas trees.
Here is a list of the scheduled events.
* Toboggan Sledding Hill and Ice Skating on Dec. 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 .m and Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. These events will be closed during the parade on Saturday from 4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
* Perry County Tourism will show the movie “Elf” next to Hazard Insurance on Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
* The Christmas Parade will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday on Main Street. After the parade, kids will have the chance to take photos with Santa and his elves free of charge.
* At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Hazard Area Community Choir will host the “Christmas in a Small Town” musical performance at The Forum.
Vendors will be set up at the Triangle with their Christmas wares. Alexander encourages people to shop locally and help keep money in eastern Kentucky.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.