Oakman to host community Christmas tree lighting, parade

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/22/17

OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman is preparing for their inaugural Christmas tree lighting and annual parade, and they’re seeking the help of community …

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Oakman to host community Christmas tree lighting, parade


OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman is preparing for their inaugural Christmas tree lighting and annual parade, and they’re seeking the help of community members to make the holiday events truly special.

Much of Oakman’s Town Council meeting Monday evening was spent discussing the upcoming holiday festivities in the town. Community members will come together Dec. 8, for the town’s first Christmas tree lighting, beginning at 5 p.m., followed by their Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Both events will take place in downtown Oakman, with the tree lighting at the new Oakman sign.

Singers will make the tree lighting ceremony a festive experience, and a warming station at Oakman Senior Center will provide hot chocolate and cookies for those awaiting the Christmas parade.

Oakman Mayor Cory Franks says the town’s Christmas tree will be 30 feet tall.

“We’re going to have the Christmas tree downtown at the big signage, and we’re asking everybody in the community of all ages to make Christmas ornaments to be placed on the tree,” Franks said.

Town leaders ask anyone making ornaments to bring them to town hall one day next week so they can begin decorating the Christmas tree.

“It’s going to be really nice to have everybody come together and have that community Christmas tree lighting,” Franks said.

Lineup for Oakman’s Christmas parade will begin at Oakman High School after the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. The Christmas parade is said to take the same route as the school’s annual homecoming parade.

Churches or others in the community who would like to enter a float in the parade should call Oakman Town Hall at (205) 622-3232.

“We’ve got some really neat things that are going to take place in our Christmas parade,” Franks said.

James Edmonds, affectionately known as “Cowboy” to those in the Oakman community, has been decorating their downtown district with Christmas lights and other holiday fare. On Monday night, Franks, Oakman Town Clerk Lisa Lockhart and Edmonds admired the lighting display downtown while discussing additional lights that will be incorporated.

The town is also making sure children in the community have a memorable Christmas, and toys are being collected to distribute to those in need this holiday season. Lockhart said she has taken many requests for assistance already.

New toys, clothes and gift cards are being accepted, along with monetary donations to purchase such items. The Dollar General in Oakman has a drop box for people to donate items for the town’s drive, in addition to collection boxes at Oakman Senior Center and town hall. The deadline to donate items is Dec. 8.

Lockhart said she is compiling a list of children and their clothing sizes, and people are encouraged to call town hall if they would like to receive more details on fulfilling a clothing need.

Prior to all festivities on Dec. 8, the Oakman Senior Center will host a community Christmas party from 6 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 2, that will include food and Christmas line dancing. Music will be by David Tucker.

All ages are welcome, and the town is encouraging guests to bring a donation for the toy drive.