Tree lighting will kick off events

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By Tom Wilmoth

Even as the Thanksgiving turkeys were thawing out to go in the oven, Bedford was being prepared this week for the Christmas season.

Lights and Christmas decorations went up around the Centertown area and final touches were being made on the light displays at Liberty Lake Park. Those lights are scheduled to be turned on this Friday

On Saturday, Santa's workshop cruised down Main Street en route to its Centertown Park location, where his North Pole satellite station will be set up through this holiday season.

Events were also announced for Centertown activities.

The Centertown Tree Lighting will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. A window decorating contest will also be held and those attending will be able to vote for their favorite decorated storefront.

Area residents will then come together the following day, Saturday, Dec. 1, to ring in the holidays with the Bedford Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. This year's theme for the parade is "Songs for the Holidays." In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8.

There will also be opportunities throughout December to enjoy a traditional holiday evening in Centertown Bedford, complete with carriage rides, caroling and more. Those will be held on Friday evenings, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 from 6 - 9 p.m. and on Saturday afternoons, Dec. 8, 15 and 22 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Those taking in the weekend activities will be able to enjoy refreshments and sales in Centertown shops and restaurants and take the children to visit Santa at his Bedford Centertown Park office. Photos will be available for purchase.

There will also be exhibits and various activities at the Bower Center.

Lights at the Elks National Home will be illuminated on Friday, Dec. 7 and will remain on throughout the month of December, from 5 - 10 p.m.

For more information on area Centertown activities call 586-2148 or visit www.centertownbedford.com.