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2018 Chillicothe Holiday Parade Theme Announced
09 10 18 CT

The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that "The Songs of Christmas" has been chosen as the 2018 Holiday Parade theme. The Holiday Parade this year will be sponsored by Hy-Vee, Hedrick Medical Center and Midwest Gloves & Gear. The parade will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 17, 2018, in downtown Chillicothe and will include floats, bands, vehicles, animals, mascots, and, of course, Santa. All businesses, organizations, churches, youth groups, scout troops and schools are encouraged to have an entry for the parade. The 72nd Annual Holiday Parade is organized by the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce through its Parade Committee.

"Entry forms are required for parade entry," according to Crystal Narr. "You may pick up the form at the Chillicothe Commerce Center, 514 Washington Street, during regular business hours Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm." "The committee chose the parade theme this year based off many wonderful songs that are used to celebrate the holiday season," explained Narr. "We hope people will have fun coming up with related themes for the entries this year based off of their favorite Christmas songs."

All participants are asked to decorate their parade entry. Entries can choose to be in judged or non-judged categories. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three places in each judged category. The judged categories are business, youth organizations, and non-profit organizations. Entry is free if received by Friday, November 2, 2018. After that date, a $25 fee will be charged for each entry. For more information, contact the Chamber 660 646-4050 or


Memorial Tree 2018

Memory Tree Lighting and Dedication Service November 15
10 19 18

Join us for a holiday tradition in Downtown Chillicothe at Silver Moon Plaza for the Memory Tree Lighting and Dedication Service on Thursday, November 15, at 6 p.m.

Special Ornaments may be purchased from Main Street Chillicothe for $10 each or three for $25. When an ornament is purchased, it includes a card for the name of the person you are memorializing, and the card will be placed inside the ornament. The ornament will then be hung on the beautiful tree. The evening will include lovely music from the First Baptist Church Youth Choir of Chillicothe. Pastor Alan Brock will give a special message. After Pastor Brock's message, each name will then be read and a bell will chime after the reading of each person being memorialized. The bulbs will remain on the Memory Tree throughout the holidays and can be picked up starting January 14th and running through January 31st, 2019.

The dedication service provides an opportunity to remember passed loved ones and honor their legacy. The proceeds go toward paying for the tree in Silver Moon Plaza in which the ornaments are hung and to continue to buy bulbs for future Memory Tree Lighting and Dedication Services. If you would like to honor a loved one's memory as part of The Main Street Memory Tree Dedication Service this holiday season, please contact Main Street Chillicothe at 660646-4071 or by email. Ornaments may be purchased at the Main Street Chillicothe office on the second floor of the Commerce Center at 514 Washington Street or by visiting the website at


Holiday Lightings

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