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Barboursville lights up for Christmas with parade, tree

December 8, 2017 GMT

BARBOURSVILLE — The self-proclaimed “Best Little Village in West Virginia” shined a bit brighter Thursday evening as Barboursville pumped up the wattage for its annual Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony.

Dozens of floats passed by as hundreds of spectators gathered along the town’s main thoroughfares to warm up with wonder and excitement — as well as cookies, hot chocolate and Christmas carols — on a chilly December evening. At Nancy Cartmill Gardens, a crowd gathered around the town’s Christmas tree to see it lit, the Cabell Midland High School show choir gave a special performance and Santa Claus sat in the gazebo to hear children’s best Christmas wishes.

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Coming up in Huntington, Dutch Miller Auto will present the city’s Christmas Parade of Lights at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, beginning on 4th Avenue and 12th Street and ending at 3rd Avenue and 11th Street. Sponsored by the city of Huntington and the Cabell County Commission, among others, the parade will include more than 70 units, and kids can meet Santa directly afterward in the lobby of the Pullman Plaza Hotel.

Wayne’s Christmas parade also will take place Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m.