Tree winners to be announced tonight; pancake breakfast tomorrow; parade on Monday.

The Booneville Garden and Lions clubs will kick off Christmas festivities in the city on Friday and Saturday, and will be followed by the 36th annual Booneville Christmas Parade on Monday night.

The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and announcement of the design winners held outside Booneville City Hall will occur on Friday, Dec. 1.

There will be cookies, cocoa and Christmas music, as well as Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf on hand.

A warming tent will also be available and new this year will be train rides around the park for children, which will be provided by Steve Bellamy.

There are 30 trees entered in the contest. Decoration began last week.

The Lions Club’s annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. The meal will be served at the Booneville Community Center.

The $5 breakfast ticket is also a door prize entry for prizes including a hand sewn quilt, a kayak, a silver dollar a $250 debit card and more. Presence is not required to win.

Booneville’s annual Christmas parade last year was delayed twice and eventually held on a Monday. That was apparently fine with area residents.

“People really enjoyed it being on a Monday,” Susan Featherston, the executive director of event sponsor Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce. “They said they preferred a Monday.”

They’ve also been heard, Featherston said, because the plan this year is for parade to be held on Monday, Dec. 4.

The parade is set to start at 6 p.m. and Santa Claus will be appearing at the BDC/Chamber office about 7:30, Featherston said.

She said that change was made for convenience but also because Santa can be situated beside the fireplace for photos with his visitors.

Anyone planning to enter the parade is urged to do so by Friday, Dec. 1, Featherston added.