The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. The City of Scottsboro will be spreading Christmas cheer all day on December 14th with it’s annual Jingle Bell Square event.

The event started a few years ago as a fun event for everyone in the community to come together and celebrate the holidays. It has grown into a large event with many vendors, events for adults and children, and a 5K.

Most of the vendors will start setting up around the square at 9 a.m. for the Vendor Bell Extravaganza. The majority of the vendors that will be in attendance will be arts and crafts.

There will be jewelry vendors. Some vendors will have homemade soaps and candles. Some will have food like homemade candies and pies. There will be local artists, a leather-working vendor, and a vendor with custom ornaments and other crafts. One vendor will have custom embroidery and screen printed t-shirts.

“If you have any last minute Christmas shopping that needs to be done, you can definitely come to Jingle Bell Square and get that accomplished,” said Meg Nevels Nippers, Events and Marketing Coordinator for the City of Scottsboro.

All of the shops located on or around the square will be open all day on the day of the event. Most of the stores will have specials that day. All of the restaurants around the square will be open all day, as well.

“It is going to be a great day to shop local,” said Nippers.

The 3rd Annual Jingle Bell 5K Walk or Run will begin at 4 p.m. The 5K will start at Scottsboro City Hall, go down Broad Street and turn around near Scottsboro Junior High School, and it will finish back at City Hall. Anyone can run or walk in the 5K. Participants can walk with a stroller or walk his or her dog. Everyone participating in the 5K will receive a t-shirt and jingle bells to put on their shoes. The entry fee is $15 for adults and $30 for a group of four. The t-shirt and jingle bells are included in the entry fee.

“All the participants will have their own cheering section because people will be lined up to watch the parade,” said Nippers.

The Scottsboro Christmas Parade will begin immediately after the 5K, starting at 5 p.m. It will start at Collins Intermediate School. The parade is sponsored by the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and it benefits Jackson County Angel Tree. This year's theme is "Under the Mistletoe" and the chamber is now collecting entry fees and sign up forms from organizations looking to have a float during the city-wide Holiday Celebration. 

Events for the Jingle Bell Square will begin at 6 p.m., right after the parade. Kids young and old can get his or her picture made with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Horse and buggy rides around downtown will be available. There will be several kids’ activities at the Jingle Bell Square such as a snowflake making station and a reindeer food making station.

For more information about these events, contact Meg Nevels Nippers at 256.912.0520 or at mnippers@cityofscottsboro.com.

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