Gallatin’s annual Christmas tree lighting program will take place Monday, Dec. 2. JOSH CROSS

Gallatin will kick off a month of holiday events starting with the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree next week.

The program will take place on the square Monday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. and feature musical performances by students from Union Elementary S.T.E.M. and Demonstration School and Station Camp Elementary School.

“It is a quintessential hometown event,” Mayor Paige Brown said about the program. “If you really want an opportunity to experience the spirit and the cohesiveness of our community, you really witness it there.”

Later that evening, Gallatin’s annual Tuba Christmas program featuring the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and local tuba players will be held at the First Baptist Church on East Main Street. The program, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m.

Anyone who plays an instrument in the tuba family can participate. Registration to perform is $10 and will start at 4:30 p.m. followed by a rehearsal from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.

“We know that celebrating the season is important to our citizens and we think it also reflects on who we are as a community,” Brown said about the events. “So, every year we try to do a little something more and just add to the offerings so that people can get the most out of that special time of the year.”

Last year, the city purchased a 20-foot-tall artificial giant paramount pine tree along with new Christmas banners to display in downtown during the holidays.

Other notable upcoming holiday-themed events taking place next month in Gallatin include:

*Gallatin Christmas Parade – The “Christmas at the Movies” themed parade, organized by the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday, Dec. 14 at noon. It is expected to feature approximately 100 entries including the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and an appearance from Santa. Danny McCorkle will perform holiday music from the balcony of the Gallatin Public Library on East Main Street beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m. with H.D. Wheeler and Cathy Martindale again serving as the masters of ceremonies. The parade will travel from Steam Plant Road down Hartsville Pike through downtown to Broadway before ending at Oscar Smith Drive. For more information contact (615) 452-4000.

*Santa on the Square – Children can visit Santa for free at 106 Public Square on Friday, Dec. 13 and 20 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 21 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Pictures are permitted. For more information contact (615) 452-5692.

*Merry Mantles of Rose Mont – The annual tradition featuring fine wine, hors d’oeuvres, carolers and Christmas decorations will be held at Historic Rose Mont on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. Each room of the home, which is located at 810 South Water Ave. in Gallatin, will be adorned with holiday décor reminiscent of the time period. Tickets are $50 per person with all proceeds benefitting the Rose Mont Restoration Foundation. For more information contact (615) 451-2331.

*Breakfast with Santa – The Gallatin Shalom Zone will host a holiday breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the St. John Vianney Catholic Church gym, located at 449 North Water Ave. in Gallatin. The cost is $5 per person. For more information contact (615) 442-7575.

*Toys for Tots – Registration will be held Dec. 10-12 at the Gallatin Shalom Zone, located at 600 Small St., Suite 107-A. Shopping will take place Dec. 16-18. For more information about the event, including a list of qualifications, contact (615) 442-7575.

*Wreaths Across America – In honor of National Wreaths Across America Day, Gallatin will hold its annual remembrance ceremony at the Gallatin City Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. Donations have been collected to purchase wreaths for the more than 600 veterans’ graves in the cemetery, which is located at 250 Cemetery Ave. For more information about the program contact the mayor’s office at (615) 451-5961.

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