The City of Lewisport is continuing to prepare for a busy time as “Christmas in the Park” and the Lewisport Christmas parade approaches on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4.
“We have really seen a strong interest in the Christmas parade, especially after everything was canceled last year (due to COVID-19).” City Administrator Brent Wigginton said at a meeting of City Council Thursday evening.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., Dec. 4, with lineup to begin at 3 p.m.
Themed “A Fairytale Christmas,” lineup will be at Pell Street and Community Center Drive, near the Lions Club Community Center. The route will proceed west along Pell Street to Beech Street, where it will turn right and proceed to Market Street. The parade will turn right and follow Market Street to the intersection with Fourth Street.
The toy giveaway which typically follows the parade has already seen donations in excess of $3,000, with more on the way.
“Christmas in the Park” will be the previous night, from 6 until 8 p.m., and will include the lighting of a 12-foot Norway Spruce which has been planted in the park for use in years to come.
Wigginton told Council preparations are continuing and plans call for candy and hot chocolate, craft booths, rides, a slide, seasonal music, along with a visit from Santa Claus and princesses.
Area churches will present the Biblical Christmas story in a series of scene presentations, including sign with the related scripture.
In other business, Council:
• Heard the Public Works Department is busy winterizing water meters throughout the city, as well as preparing city facilities for the coming winter season. The department will soon begin preparing snow removal equipment in the case of snowfall and ice.
• Approved city financial reports outlining expenditures and remaining budgeted revenues: General Fund/Roads – $277,850 remaining; Fire Department – $16,264 remaining; Police Department – $100,517 remaining; Water Department – $135,509 remaining; Sewer Department – $114,761 remaining; and Gas Department – $626,345 remaining.
• Approved setting the December meeting for Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m., at City Hall. The December meeting is typically moved in response to the busy Christmas season.
By C. Josh Givens