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Skatin' on the Square & HES-EnergyNet Parade Highlight HopkinsChill

Downtown Hopkinsville to be transformed into winter wonderland with flurry of holiday activities

Next month, HopkinsChill, Kentucky, will be the Christmas capital of western Kentucky, as downtown Hoptown is transformed into a winter wonderland through an array of family-friendly holiday activities.  (Download a Flyer)

Among those Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation-based events are the Hopkinsville Electric System-EnergyNet Christmas Parade, Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting and the return of Skatin’ on the Square. 

The Downtown Hopkinsville Renaissance District, Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum and Alhambra Theatre are also hosting various holiday-themed activities that will make the stretch of Dec. 12-15 beyond festive. 

Skatin’ on the Square, back for a second straight year, features a 2,500-square foot synthetic ice rink at Founders Square, giving guests the unique opportunity to ice skate in downtown Hopkinsville. Last year’s inaugural effort was a colossal success, urging organizers to add an extra day in 2019. 

Cost for ice skating remains the same. The 90-minute sessions are $10, which includes skate rental. Sessions are open to the first 80 people. While walk-up sales will be available, Skatin’ on the Square attendees are encouraged to register their session(s) in advance by visiting www.HoptownRec.com or https://tinyurl.com/2019SkatinSquare

Pre-registration will guarantee a spot on the ice. Groups of six or more people are asked to call 270-887-4290 or stop by the Parks and Recreation Center at 2600 Thomas Street to make reservations. A total of 22 sessions are now available for signups. 

“We are thrilled to bring back this experience to the holiday season, and certainly hope folks in the community and surrounding regions will come take advantage of this unique opportunity,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “With all of the tremendous activities in store during HopkinsChill Weekend, this area is in for a real treat.” 

The first night of Skatin’ on the Square will also be coupled with the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting, set for 6 p.m. at Founders Square. Local officials will help light up the large downtown tree to signify the “official” start of the holiday season. 

Food trucks and coffee/hot chocolate vendors will be on site during Skatin’ on the Square. 

Then, on Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 5:15 p.m., the HES-EnergyNet Christmas Parade — featuring Grand Marshal and Hopkinsville Community College President Dr. Alissa Young — will take to the streets for a nighttime extravaganza that will having attendees singing and dancing up and down Main Street. 

The parade route, set to head south on Main Street, winding its way from Glass Avenue to 13th Street through festive downtown, will be full of Parade floats and, for the first time, Christmas-themed and decorated golf carts. 

The deadline for Christmas Parade float registration has been extended to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The cost to enter a float into the parade is $20 (plus tax) and a new toy, to be given as a Christmas gift to a child or family in need. 

In its first year, the Christmas Parade Golf Cart Division — sponsored by Western Hills Municipal Golf Course — allows for entries that are not as cost or time-consuming, but that will still allow participants to join in the fun. Cash awards will be given for both traditional floats and golf carts. WKDZ/WHVO are also back in 2019 to sponsor the “People’s Choice Award,” given to the large float that is voted on by the public. 

Other local events during #HopkinsChill Weekend include the Downtown Christmas Market Square, where goodies, holiday-handcrafted items and seasonal foods will be on display and available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Additionally, the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum’s Holiday Open House is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the same day. 

The Grinch will be making an appearance at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, reading “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” during a free event. Grinch coloring books will be sold for $5. 

Down the street, The Alhambra Theatre also has a pair of events #HopkinsChill Weekend, including a free movie screening of The Polar Express at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 and Christmas with the Annie Moses Band at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15. Tickets for the Sunday, Dec. 15 show are $45 and now on sale at https://pennyroyalarts.org

For more information on any of the above events and festivities, call 270-887-4290.