The 49th annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade begins rolling at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Entrants will follow the usual route – up West Holland Street and around the west, south, and east sides of the Shelbyville square, then north on North Main Street and out Madison Street.
This year’s parade theme is “A Storybook Christmas.” The Shelbyville Jaycees host the parade each year.
The forecast for parade time is cloudy with a chance of showers and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s. Rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday.
“A Night in Bethlehem,” being presented Sunday at First Baptist Church of Bell Buckle, 103 Webb Road East, promises everything from a craft fair to music all wrapped in one Christmas event.
Activity begins with “A Christmas Experience-Marketplace” from 4-6 p.m. Families learn what life was like at the time of Jesus’ birth by stopping to be counted at the “census table.” That’s followed by a visit to the “town photographer” for a family portrait, a luxury not available in Biblical days.
The ”Bethlehem Marketplace” will include a pottery shed, carpenter booth, town bakery, Hebrew scribes tent and painters’ tent.
A Nativity play starts at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary “to hear what happened one special night when Christ was born to Joseph and Mary in a stable,” as the church website says.