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RISE Erwin, local churches organize annual Candlelight Nativity Parade

A scene from a previous Candlelight Nativity Parade. The local tradition returns to downtown Erwin on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m.

By Richard Rourk

Residents of Unicoi County are encouraged to come out and celebrate the reason for the season with a special Christmas event set to be held a few days ahead of the holiday.

The Erwin Candlelight Nativity Parade is scheduled to take place in downtown Erwin Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. 

“This will be our fifth Nativity Parade,” said Town of Erwin Communications Specialist Jamie Rice.

“This is a joint effort organized by RISE Erwin and many local churches to celebrate the Christmas season,” Rice added.

The parade will begin at Town Hall and end with a short candlelight caroling service at First Baptist Church.”

Rice said that Mary, Joseph and the entire cast of familiar Nativity characters will lead the parade down Main Street.

“The street will be glowing with luminary bags and starlight,” she added.

Participants are encouraged to come dressed in period-appropriate gear. 

“Children and adults who would like to dress in their best Bethlehem attire and walk in the parade should meet no later than 6:15 p.m. at Erwin Town Hall parking lot,” Rice said. “Children are encouraged to bring battery-powered candles. “

Rice also revealed that this year the event will have a live camel participating in the parade.

Guests are encouraged to stay for a treat and to sing carols following the parade. 

“Hot chocolate will be served after the service,” Rice said.

For information or updates on future events follow RISE Erwin on social media.