Christmas in Collierville is likely one of the most cherished occasions by the suburb’s residents. While that is the city’s sesquicentennial, it is also 2020 and which means — like many deliberate celebrations — even the vacation season should cope with a pandemic.
Greg Clark, director of Collierville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, and Ashley Carver, director of tourism, provided a number of proposals to the board throughout Monday evening’s assembly for the annual vacation traditions.
Town leaders anticipate the Health Department to proceed limiting crowd sizes, which might rule out the annual celebration held on Collierville Square and the parade.
Instead, Collierville leaders plan to broadcast “illuminating the lights” close to the Thanksgiving vacation, sharing the occasion on social media.
Town officers plan to have messages from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus as his appearances in the gazebo won’t occur this 12 months. However, letters to Santa will nonetheless be accepted. Last 12 months, city workers helped reply to greater than 500 letters.
Plenty of different occasions, such because the Opera Memphis Strolling Carolers, appearances by college choirs and the mannequin practice show in the Deport are anticipated to be canceled.
Officials nonetheless hopes to host carriage rides across the sq. as it’s aglow with its vacation decorations.
The annual mild tour, the place a map helps information residents to probably the most festive homes, will likely be accessible. In 2019, 36 homes had been submitted to the city. Although, Collierville won’t host excursions on the double decker bus because it has in years previous. The city plans to increase it with lights in Tom Brooks Park and add “Avenue of Lights” behind the depot.
New this 12 months will likely be a “photo stroll” with locations for image alternatives. Stations will embrace Tom Brooks Park and a 26-foot, multicolor tree and the log cabin on the sq. embellished with garland and ribbon. Santa’s chair — with out Santa — will likely be in the gazebo and images may be taken on the depot with the Avenue of Lights or the mini-poinsettia bushes on the platform.
While the price of the occasion is a few $four,500, Clark stated a grant from Shelby County for sesquicentennial occasions will help take in it, limiting the burden in town to create a particular vacation expertise regardless of the pandemic.