Christmas Begins in Springfield!

It is a long standing tradition here at the Robertson County Chamber that our annual Christmas festival and parade are held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. And while we certainly don't want to lessen the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday and all that it means, we are just a little bit proud that in middle Tennessee, Springfield is definitely Santa's first stop! Christmas on the Square will take place on Saturday, November 18, beginning at 10 am on the historic Court House Square in Springfield and the annual Christmas parade will begin at 2 pm. This year's festival is sponsored by Springfield Children's Clinic and our parade sponsor is Christmas Done Bright!

Our theme for the festival and parade is "Home for the Holidays" and we hope that lots of folks will make plans to be "at home" in Springfield for the festivities. More than 60 vendors will be set up around the Square, providing  a wide variety of  arts and crafts, gifts, clothes and accessories, jewelry and delicious homemade goodies as well as festival food to keep you going throughout the day.  Of course, all of our downtown merchants and restaurants will also be open and welcoming shoppers and diners throughout the day. 

There will be Christmas music and entertainment and Santa will be on hand to visit with all the kids and hear their Christmas wish lists. There will also be a children's area on West Court Square that will include ornament making, a place to write and mail letters to Santa and a special "Toy Testing Zone" provided by Wal-Mart of Springfield, where your kids can try out all the latest offerings for Christmas 2017. 

Our parade will kick off at 2 pm at the corner of Main Street and 10th Avenue, led by this year's Grand Marshal, Mr. Jim Wilhite.. Mr. Jim is a community treasure, known for his longtime association with the Springfield Industrial Development Board, his work with so many youth in 4H, and his years as a banker. We are excited to honor him for his service to our community.  Our parade route will run north on Main Street to 5th Avenue, then head west on 5th ending at Springfield Middle School.  There is no charge for groups or businesses to participate  in the parade but we do ask that you register with the Chamber in advance and bring a new, unwrapped toy as a donation to our toy drive.

And if you want to start the day off on a healthy note so that you won't feel guilty about all those holiday treats, the Robertson County Family YMCA will host their annual Farm Bureau Holiday 5k/10K and Kid's Fun Run starting at the corner of 6th and Main Street.  The Fun Run begins at 9:30 am and the 5K/10K begin at 10 am. Visit www.ymcamidtn.org to register.

It is sure to be a fun-filled day on the Square in Springfield.  Come out and enjoy a hometown celebration with your friends and family without hassle or driving! This year as always, Christmas begins in Robertson County!