Local residents can get a taste of the holiday season Saturday with the annual Light Up Hodgenville event on the town square.

“We have put together a group of musicians who are all former students that have graduated and are now playing in the band at Lindsey Wilson,” said Larry Davis, who is coordinating the event. “When my normal musicians from LCHS were unavailable because the school was on nontraditional instruction, I thought, ‘well, let me see if I can round up some of my former musicians who graduated.’ We had a rehearsal the other day and we are ready to go,” he said.

The pre-ceremony music begins at 5:45 p.m. and the ceremony at 6.

Cale Tharp will act as master of ceremonies for the event. After the national anthem, Davis said Hodgenville Mayor Jim Phelps will offer some welcoming remarks. Keenan Riley from Fruition Church will talk about the importance of Christmas during the year of a pandemic.

Santa Claus will come down the hill riding in a firetruck to distribute prewrapped candy canes to children.

Phelps will lead the countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree followed by the band playing “We Wish you a Merry Christmas.”

“This will be a streamlined ceremony, pretty short and sweet,” Davis said. “To us, it offers the citizens of the city and the county a degree of normalcy in this year, which has been so turned upside down.”

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