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Skatin' on the Square, HES-EnergyNet Christmas Parade Cancelled in 2020

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting to go virtual as part of annual HopkinsChill celebration

The annual HopkinsChill holiday celebration has been put on ice.  

In light of the pandemic and statewide recommendations regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, Hopkinsville’s traditional downtown festivities — including the Hopkinsville Electric System (HES) & EnergyNet Christmas Parade and (what would have been) the Third Annual Skatin’ on the Square — have been canceled for 2020.

The Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting, which last year drew hundreds of participants to the Founders Square area, will go virtual on Friday, Dec. 11 and not be open to the public. The HES-EnergyNet Parade, which had been converted to a health/safety-conscious Reverse Parade, is canceled altogether and will not be held.  

“With COVID cases reaching record numbers locally and statewide, the decision to cancel Hopkinsville’s Christmas Parade and Skatin’ on the Square was made with public safety first in mind,” said Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “This decision was reached unanimously in conjunction with city officials and sponsors, and after conversations with multiple parade participants. 

“We are all disappointed to have to pause these wonderful local Christmas activities, but look forward to the return of the HES Christmas Parade in traditional fashion and other festivities in 2021.” 

Complete refunds will be issued to all groups and organizations that already paid their float/unit entry fee. Donated toys will be transferred to the Hopkinsville Fire Department’s Christmas for Kids program, which partners with the Hopkinsville Salvation Army to help families in need around the holidays.  

HES-EnergyNet Christmas Parade grand marshals from the Christian County Health Department and Christian County Emergency Management will have their honor extended to next year during the 2021 event. 

The Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Department is once again searching for an inspirational person (or persons) to flip the switch at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, during the ceremonial lighting of the Downtown Hopkinsville Christmas tree. Be sure to visit @HoptownParks on Facebook or Twitter for more information on how to nominate the 2020 tree-lighter. Last year’s inaugural efforts featured Hopkinsville’s Collin Crutchfield.  

This year’s Tree Lighting will be streamed live on the Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Facebook page. For more information, call 270-887-4290 or visit www.HoptownRec.com.