HAZARD — Christmas Spirit filled downtown Hazard over the weekend, as folks gathered for the “Christmas In A Small Town” celebration. Hazard’s annual Christmas Parade was part of the event. Spectators lined Main Street to wave at Santa and watch the floats and the vehicles pass, showering the crowd with candy.
Along with the parade, citizens also had the opportunity to enjoy ice skating and toboggan rides in Triangle Park. Local businesses and civic organizations placed Christmas trees along Main Street, which offered free gifts, treats and ornaments that children were welcomed to take home.
Plenty of hot chocolate and cider were available to warm the hands and tummies of those participating in the festivities. The weekend was capped off by a performance in The Forum presented by the Appalachian Arts Alliance. Singers shared Christmas songs on stage and the performance also paid tribute to radio stations WKIC and WSGS in Hazard for their 69 years of service to the community.
The parade, like the entire “Christmas In A Small Town” event itself, was a showcase of the love and pride each citizen shares for this community.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.