The People News, a free newspaper serving Cleveland Tennessee (TN) and Bradley County Tennessee (Tn).

Of Bradley County Tn.


                            The People News, a free newspaper serving Cleveland and Bradley County Tn.

The People News
Special Report






A Christmas in Cleveland

by Alexandra Edwards

It's the time when shops are filled with the sound of festive music, decorated with glitter and lights drawing attention to shelves stocked with toys and gift ideas for everyone. A multitude of shoppers wearing red, green or tartan attire rise at the crack of dawn to catch the early morning sales. Yes, the Christmas season has officially started here in beautiful, Cleveland, Tennessee and plans for a traditional Christmas filled with family fun and activities have been planned in and around the region.

With the theme  "A Classic Christmas," Mainstreet Cleveland will kick off this year's holiday events on Friday,  December 3 beginning with Downtown Shopping Daze. Many of the downtown merchants will participate with a variety of special offers and where shoppers can register to win a jackpot prize. Cleveland, with it's historical surroundings have many unique shops and restaurants scattered throughout the downtown area that are well worth exploring for that unique and personal gift. Later in the evening at 5pm the lighting of  the community Christmas Tree will take place at the court house square. County Mayor Gary Davis and Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland will officially begin the evening with seasonal greetings. The tree lighting ceremony will be followed by Music in the City featuring

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traditional Christmas music. There will also be free carriage rides and candle light shopping to add to the atmosphere.

On Saturday December 4th  Santa invites area children to have a traditional breakfast with him between 8-9:30 am at Arnold Elementary School on 8th Street in Cleveland. Tickets for this occasion will be available at the school or from the Mainstreet Cleveland office.

For those kids who cannot make the breakfast or have not yet sent letters to Santa at the North Pole, no need to worry it's not too late. Santa can be found sitting in his big green chair at the Bradley Square Mall from 10:30am to 8:30 pm Monday through Saturday and 12:30 to 6 pm Sundays  up until Christmas Eve. Children can have a

Christmas photograph taken as they sit on Santa's lap and whisper the presents they would like him to bring this year.

What would a Classic Christmas be without a parade? Starting at Bradley Central High School on the evening of Saturday December 4th at 6pm. Cleveland's parade will take a slightly different  route this

You're never too old to meet Santa. Rhiannon Burt (left), Anna Pangburn
and Victoria Wilson at Bradley Square Mall.

year. Turning left out of the school onto South Lee Highway it will then turn right on Inman, left on Edwards, left on First Street then right right on North Ocoee at the Courthouse. The parade will continue on North Ocoee around the monuments onto Broad Street, turn right on First Street at the Courthouse Annex to Inman Street, left on South Lee making its way and back to the school.

The Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer 5K race will start one hour prior to the start of the parade, starting at the Village Green and following the parade route.

For those who prefer indoor entertainment,  Lee University will present its 16th annual "Classic Christmas" concert on Sunday, December 5th at 3 pm at the Conn Center. Traditional Christmas

music from various cultures and traditions will be performed by the University's Choral Union, a choir of 130 vocalists. Accompanying the choir will be the Symphonic Band, the jazz Ensemble and the Children's Chorale. Listening to the sounds of  Christmas is something the whole family can enjoy

together and best of all, admission is free. However, tickets are required and can be obtained at Lee University, Dixon Center box office between 3 and 6 pm until Friday 3rd  and on Saturday 4th from 2 to 5 pm. For more information call the box office at 614-8343.

Taking the kids to the theatre is another popular Christmas tradition. From December 3 to 19th, The Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Main Stage will be performing an old family favorite "A Christmas Story."

Philip Grecian's adaptation of Jean Shepherd's classic essay. It's the story with the famous phrase "He'll shoot his eye out." For more information call the Chattanooga Theatre Centre 423-267-8534 or go to:

The Elvis fans out there will well remember The King's traditional Christmas with gospel songs and want to relive the past. Elvis is back! and will be appearing in  'A Christmas Tribute to Elvis.' The famed Elvis impersonator Matt Cordell will be performing at the American Legion, Henderson Drive, Cleveland on December 18th at 8pm. Tickets will be $5 for American Legion members and $10 for non-members.

Christmas is a wonderful, joyous time of the year when families, friends, neighbors and colleagues all across the nation come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Let us not forget the real  meaning of Christmas and  relive with our children and grandchildren the traditional Christmas with pride. It is not a mere holiday, it's Christmas! Go celebrate.

Wishing each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.