As parade season concludes, other events on the way

Dec. 09, 2012 @ 05:07 AM

The Christmas parade season came to a close last Sunday afternoon in Ellenboro after  four towns rolled out their streets for  parade-goers and those riding in the parades.

After the Forest City parade on Nov. 25, Spindale and Rutherfordton hosted their individual parades on Saturday, Dec. 1 and the Town of Ellenboro hosted the final parade Dec. 2.

Small children were seen in Spindale, sitting high on their dads’ shoulders to catch the best glimpse of Santa Claus when he came riding in a farm wagon, pulled by mules, guided by Dr. Hobart and Helen Rogers of Rutherfordton. Other children stood patiently while folks handed candy to them as they lined the sidewalks in Spindale and Rutherfordton.

Rutherfordton’s crowd was lined up on both sides of Main Street, beginning near St. John’s Church and marching south to the conclusion.

As dusk appeared, before the parade’s end, entrants marched under the decorative lights on Main Street.

In Ellenboro on Sunday, crowds lined up along US74B during a warm afternoon to see marching bands, church groups on floats, scouts and horses, fire engines and other emergency vehicles, pass by.

Although the parade season has concluded, other Christmas festivities are ongoing.

In Forest City today, children can enjoy ice skating at Santa House beginning at 2 p.m. and Santa will pose with pets also at 2 p.m. today.

The Forest City  Repertory Theatre will present The Belles of Rutherford County Dec. 13, Dec. 14, 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Forest City Clubhouse and Rutherford County Theatre will present A Hillbilly Christmas Carol Dinner Theater Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Green River Plantation.

There are other hay rides, carriage rides, ice skating, Santa House events in Forest City. For the full schedule visit

Santa Claus returns to Chimney Rock Park  on Dec. 15. to climb the chimney and will greet children.