The City of Clarksville kicked off the 2012 Christmas on the Cumberland on Tuesday
Clarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville kicked off the 14th Annual Christmas on the Cumberland on Tuesday, which continues until January 1st. The annual free holiday display features over 1,000,000 individual Lights in a amazing Christmas display that spans the entire length of McGregor Park in Downtown Clarksville.
This has become one of the most popular events held on the banks of the Cumberland River in Historic Downtown Clarksville, second only to the Riverfest Celebration held in September. It draws thousands of people per day down to the banks of the Cumberland River to enjoy the Christmas lights with family and friends.
The lights are something to see with a wide variety of displays placed on both sides of the walkways. People are supposed to remain on the sidewalks but you frequently see people posing next to this display or that one. Christmas music is piped through speakers along the walkway making that Christmas feel complete.
Gary Ellis Jr. the youth pastor at the Abundant Life Outreach Center gave the invocation. Live musical entertainment was provided by the kids from Rossview High School lead by Danny Chartrand.
Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan kicked off winter festival throwing the switch along with Santa and Mrs. Claus, The Channel 4 Snowbird, and members of the Clarksville City Council. She thanked the hard working people with the Clarksville Department of Parks and Recreation along with the Clarksville Street Department who made the light display possible.
Christmas on the Cumberland is open nightly from 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday through Thursday and 5:00pm-11:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays through January 5th, 2013. Admission to the event is free.
Family friendly activities will take place multiple Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00pm-8:00p.m. Kids will have the opportunity to decorate cookies, create crafts, and enjoy special performances by local dance academies. Visit www.cityofclarksville.com for a schedule of events.
Bring down the kids starting at 5:00pm for Visits with Santa on November 20th, 23rd, and 24th; December 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd. A series of free activities will be held on November 23rd (Letters to Santa), 24th (Ornament Decoration); December 7th (Stockings for Santa); 8th (Local Dance Academies), 14th (Christmas Baking Class), 15th (Local Dance Academies), 21st (Card Making Crafts), and 22nd (Cookie Decorating). All activities run from from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
“This holiday display is a treat for all our community and just brings a dose of Christmas cheer whenever you go visit or even drive by, said US Bank Community President Steve Kemmer. Joyce Norris, the bank’s Vice President added, “we are truly blessed in our community and US Bank is proud to serve as sponsor again as a way of saying thank you to Clarksville citizens.”
You can view more photos from the Christmas on the Cumberland at http://www.discoverclarksville.com/photogallery/events/2012/christmas-on-the-cumberland