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Weirton Chamber plans Christmas parade, events

WEIRTON — The Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the holiday season with a variety of events and activities, including the upcoming Weirton Christmas Parade.

With a theme of “Weirton Wonderland,” the Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, kicking off on its route along Main Street at 6 p.m.

“It’s a fun theme,” chamber President Brenda Mull said, explaining entries can be reflective of the Weirton community, the winter season or even the fictional Wonderland created by Lewis Carroll.

This year’s parade is sponsored by West Virginia Northern Community College, Summer’s Enterprise, Best You Boutique and Nick’s Auto.

Mull noted, unlike previous years, the parade won’t have a live television broadcast, but there still will be many of the holiday favorites which have made the parade special.

“We are still expecting it to be a fun event for everyone involved,” Mull said.

Among the features is the return of a fireworks display by Pyrotecnico at the end of the parade, which is being sponsored by Encompass Health, Hancock County Savings Bank, Nick’s Auto, First Choice America Federal Credit Union, Tomtreyco/McDonald’s, and Window World, with Summer’s Enterprise serving as the grand finale sponsor.

“We hope everyone sticks around and watches,” Mull said.

The parade won’t be the only attraction that day, either. The Millsop Community Center will see the return of its Christmas tree display in the Weirton Room, the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau will have the Summit Art Gallery available for viewing and offer hot cocoa and cookies for visitors, and the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a variety of items for sale in its gift shop.

Main Street, from Virginia Avenue to Marland Heights Road, will begin closing to traffic at 5:15 p.m. with a complete closure at 5:30 p.m. The parade begins at 6 p.m., with units making their way down the street. The chamber is asking those watching the parade to refrain from standing out into the street to make sure the parade can flow safely.

This year, the chamber has launched a Christmas storefront decoration contest. Those businesses wishing to participate must have their decorations up by Dec. 10.

“All outside decorations will be judged. Inside decorations will be judged as long as they’re visible,” Programs Coordinator Stephanie O’Brien explained, adding businesses do not have to be a chamber member to participate.

The winner will receive an overnight stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites and up to $250 off a chamber membership for 2022.

The chamber also is bringing back its “Illuminate Weirton” event on Dec. 18, and is in the process of taking orders for luminaria at a cost of $2.25 each.

“We are encouraging the community to get involved, and light up their neighborhood as well as the main streets and businesses,” Mull said.

For more information on these activities, contact the Weirton Chamber at (304) 748-7212, or visit the website at www.weirtonchamber.com. Entry forms also are available through the website.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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