Gallatin Christmas tree

Gallatin’s annual Christmas tree lighting and program will take place on Monday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.

Gallatin will kick off the Christmas season next week with several holiday-themed events across the city.

The festivities will begin with the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree on the square at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6. The program will feature an appearance by Santa as well as musical performances by students from both Union and Station Camp elementary schools.

“This year, Santa has arranged for a Christmas miracle,” Mayor Paige Brown said about the tree lighting. “Let’s just say there may be a special weather event that will happen right in our downtown square as the tree is lit, so you don’t want to miss it.”

The city’s annual Tuba Christmas concert featuring the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble and local tuba players will take place the following night on Dec. 7. The program, which is free to attend, starts at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on East Main Street.

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

That weekend, the Gallatin Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11 at noon. The parade is organized each year by the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce and will feature approximately 100 entries as well as an appearance by Santa.

“The parade serves as an opportunity for our businesses and organizations – of all kind and size – to showcase their brand and services,” Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Kim Baker said. “It’s an opportunity for our community to come together, regardless of differences or challenges, to celebrate the sights and sounds of the season, and Gallatin in general. We look forward to seeing smiling faces of all ages as we carry out a holiday tradition, right here at home.”

The parade route will begin at Steam Plant Road and travel down Hartsville Pike through downtown to Broadway before ending at Oscar Smith Drive. It will also be streamed online on the chamber’s Facebook and YouTube pages for those unable to attend in person.

Later in the month, the city will hold its annual Wreaths Across America remembrance ceremony at the Gallatin City Cemetery on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Donations have already been collected to purchase wreaths that will be placed on the approximately 600 veterans’ graves throughout the cemetery.

For more information about the tree lighting, Tuba Christmas concert or Wreaths Across America program, contact the mayor’s office at (615) 451-5961. For more information about the Christmas parade, contact the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce at (615) 452-4000.