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2016 Christmas Parade Moves to Night; Combines With Pennyrile Polar Express for Hopkinsville Holiday Celebration 

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Hopkinsville’s 2016 downtown Christmas holidays will have a new look and a new date this year as event organizers have collaborated and reformatted to bring to two local traditions together. The Annual Hopkinsville Christmas Parade will become a nighttime affair and will be moved to the second Saturday in December (Dec. 10) to coincide with the Pennyrile Polar Express. The end result is the creation of the Inaugural Hopkinsville Holiday Celebration.  (Download a Flyer)

Hopkinsville’s Division of Parks and Recreation coordinates the parade activities, while the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville, the Pennyroyal Arts Council, Hopkinsville Downtown Renaissance and the Pennyrile Polar Express Committee work on the additional pieces of the new combined celebration.

The Pennyrile Polar Express starts slightly sooner with a 3:00-5:00 pm slot downtown. The Christmas Parade moves from morning to begin at 5:15 and last till about 6:45 pm. Although additional events and elements may be added, the current timetable of December 10 th seasonal downtown happenings includes:

  • Christmas Market on the Square – 10:00 am till 7:00 pm
  • Pennyrile Polar Express – 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Hopkinsville Christmas Parade – 5:15-6:45 pm
  • Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting – 7:00 pm
  • Showing of “The Polar Express” at Alhambra Theatre – 7:30 pm
Organizers are excited about the prospects for all the events and organizations working together to create a huge Hopkinsville celebration residents throughout the area won’t want to miss.

“The nighttime parade concept has been gaining support steadily in Hopkinsville and we’re told the city actually had a night parade before,” said Tab Brockman, Parks and Recreation Superintendent. “With today’s array of affordable and energy efficient LED lights, just about everyone can light up their float, display, vehicle or band instrument with little difficulty. The idea had wide support from everyone our organizations talked with about the idea. Night parades are really a visual treat for spectators.”

“It has been a long-time goal of the Downtown Renaissance Program to assist with implementing an evening Christmas Parade. It is always a pleasure to partner with the Division of Parks & Recreation, the Pennyroyal Arts Council and the Museums of Hopkinsville to enhance downtown events. We are looking forward to the 2016 Hopkinsville Holiday Celebration and the new excitement it will bring to downtown Hopkinsville during such a festive time,” were the comments from Holly Boggess, Downtown Renaissance Director.

“The Pennyroyal Arts Council, and the Pennyrile Polar Express committee is thrilled to be part of the Hopkinsville Holiday Celebration. From the L&N Depot to the Alhambra Theatre, downtown Hopkinsville will be alive in celebration of the season,” was the prediction of Margaret Prim, Executive Director, Pennyroyal Arts Council.

“The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County, in partnership with the Pennyrile Polar Express committee, is excited to be a part of the new Hopkinsville Holiday Celebration. By combining forces with other downtown events, the spirit of the season will be extended into an entire day devoted to the joy and wonder of the holidays. We are pleased to work with all our great local organizations dedicated to making this community a vibrant place to live,” said Museum Director, Alissa Keller. “December 10 th will truly be a magical day!”

The theme for the 2016 parade is “All Aboard for Christmas” which incorporates the new parade and express relationship.

For information on all Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation sponsored events, visit hoptownrec.com, visit Parks and Recreation on Facebook or Twitter, or call 270-887-4290. For information about the Pennyrile Polar Express, contact the Pennyroyal Area Museum at 270-887-4270 or online at museumsofhopkinsville.org.