By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post
Not only is beginning to look like Christmas, it’s beginning to feel like it, too.
And, there might be some snow or snow flurries flying around Saturday morning, as well.
As you go out shopping this weekend or heading to the Lebanon Christmas Parade on Sunday or the tour of homes and open house of local businesses in Watertown on Saturday and Sunday, dress warmly and in layers. It won’t be cold all weekend as temperatures should climb to near 50 on Sunday.
The forecast calls for sunny skies on Sunday, so head out for the first Jingle Jog 5K Fun Run on the Lebanon Public Square which begins at 1 p.m. and is to follow the route of the Christmas Parade which begins at 2 p.m.
Lebanon native and Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr. will be the grand marshal of this year’s parade. The theme of the annual event is “Celebrating Christmases Past.” There are 109 entries and approximately 90 horses in the parade this year.
Don’t forget the Festival of Lights offering for the first time Christmas Drive-In Movies at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. Each show begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5. This weekend will feature “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and you and your children can meet the Grinch and Cindy Lou.
The movie set for Dec. 11 and 12 will be “The Polar Express,” and Santa Claus will be on hand.
“Elf” will be shown on Dec. 25 and 26 and free reindeer food will be available.
If you want to see the Festival of Lights, the cost is $5 per car. If you want to see a Christmas movie, the cost is $10 per car. If you want to do both, the cost per car is $15.
As you drive through the Festival of Lights, turn your radio to 91.9 for a history of the event and Christmas music.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Santa Claus will be in Watertown at the Gazebo which now looks like the North Pole and will greet children from 4:30 until 6 p.m., Saturday. Carolers are scheduled to be on hand, also, said Jim Amero, owner of Jim’s Antiques.
A Santa’s post office has also been set up, and children are encouraged to write a letter to Santa and include a return address so they can get a letter back from him, Amero added.
The first ever Cupcake Eating Contest, sponsored by Kake Haus, will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the shop at 404 Public Square, Watertown. Entry fee is $10 and proceeds go to the Watertown Angel Tree.
Can you eat five Kake Haus cupcakes? The first one done wins. Spectators are also asked to bring new toys and clothes for the Angel Tree in Watertown.
Historic Watertown and the Watertown Elementary School PALS are sponsoring a Tour of Homes featuring five homes from 4 until 8 p.m., Saturday, and from 1 until 5 p.m., Sunday.
Tickets for the tour, which features five homes, are available at the Wilson Bank & Trust in Watertown and the Watertown Bed & Breakfast. Sharon McComb, president of Historic Watertown, may be contacted for more information at 237-9999.
A Christmas Open House for businesses in Watertown will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday, and from 1 until 5 p.m., Sunday, Amero said.
And Joshua Kloyea will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, at Lulu’s Coffee House at 120 East Main Street, Watertown.
Mt. Juliet’s Christmas Parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Astronaut and Mt. Juliet High School graduate Barry “Butch” Wilmore is scheduled to be part of the parade.
Dress appropriately this weekend. The forecast from the National Weather Service Office in Old Hickory calls for mostly cloudy skies today with a high of about 42 and a north wind around 5 mph. There is a 20 percent chance of snow or snow flurries after midnight. It will be mostly cloudy then, and the low should be about 27 with the wind north-northeast around 5 mph.
There is a 20 percent chance of snow or flurries before noon on Saturday. Skies are expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 42 and wind north-northwest at about 5 mph.
The low Saturday night will be near 22 degrees. The wind will be northeast at 5 mph becoming calm.
Sunday will be sunny with a high near 50. Calm wind will become east-southeast at about 5 mph. There is a 30 percent chance of rain Sunday night with a low of about 35.
The snow chance, as of Thursday afternoon, looked best for the southern and eastern parts of Middle Tennessee.
A Special Weather Statement from the NWS said a cold air mass out of western Canada would overspread Middle Tennessee this weekend, producing temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below normal. At the same time, a low pressure system will develop along the Gulf Coast and track east-northeast to off the Georgia coast early Saturday.
“These two weather events will combine,” the statement said, “to produce the possibility for light snow or flurries over eastern and southern sections” of Middle Tennessee.
Some light accumulation is possible along the Cumberland Plateau, perhaps as much as an inch. The statement said, “However, as is always the case with these sorts of weather situations, snow amounts will depend greatly on the eventual track of the low. A light dusting may occur between Nashville and the Cumberland Plateau.”
Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.