Radcliff's Christmas parade to return

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Santa will appear at Saunders Springs cabins

By Marty Finley

After a one-year hiatus, Radcliff’s Christmas parade returns this weekend with a revamped venue and route.

The parade is part of the city’s Christmas at the Cabins celebration at Saunders Springs Nature Preserve on Wilson Road.

The parade serves as the opening act Saturday night, lining up at Redmar Plaza at the corner of North Wilson Road and Knox Boulevard. Lineups starts around 6 p.m. and the parade begins at 7 p.m., according to city officials. The parade will move south down Wilson Road and ends at the Walmart parking lot, according to a city flier.

Radcliff spokesman Bryce Shumate said around 35 entries have been booked for the parade, which he estimated to last about 30 minutes.

Mayor J.J. Duvall said Wilson Road from Knox Boulevard to Applebee’s will be closed for roughly an hour Saturday night during the parade.

Once the parade wraps up, Saunders Springs comes alive with caroling and music. Shumate said nearly half a dozen groups will perform music and entertain guests, and food vendors will be on hand serving a variety of treats, from warm chili to hot chocolate and Greek cuisine, Shumate said.

The cabins at the entrance to the preserve will open up to Santa Claus himself. Duvall said Santa will occupy a cabin, where a studio will be set up for children to have their pictures taken.

Duvall said he expects the city to experience some bugs as it works in changes to the route and the venue, but the city wanted to move the parade to place more emphasis on Saunders Springs and attract more interest.

“It’s a revamped Christmas here in Radcliff,” he said.

The night will culminate with fireworks, which can be seen from the preserve. Because most of the businesses and shops along Wilson Road will be closed, Shumate said there will be ample parking spaces available for visitors. The city’s trolley will provide shuttle service from Redmar Plaza to Saunders Springs after the parade, Shumate said.

Shumate said there is a strong possibility for rain, which would force a cancellation of the festival. The city would not reschedule the festivities this year should that happen, he said, because Christmas is only a few weeks away. Shumate said the city will try to make a decision by Friday so parade participants would have advance notice in the event of a cancellation.

In combination with Christmas at the Cabins, Radcliff is hosting its annual Festival of Trees exhibit 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 28 at Colvin Community Center. Duvall said the Festival of Trees is an annual tradition and features a large number of locally decorated trees.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.