With the Christmas holidays quickly approaching, many traditional local events are scheduled to take place.
On Tuesday, the Town of Atoka held its tree lighting in Adkison Park.
Christmas parades will begin this weekend.
Brighton will host its parade at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.
Covington’s parade will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14.
The Town of Garland will also be hosting a parade this year. It will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m.
Dickens Christmas will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13 from 1-5 p.m.
Every year the Town of Atoka hosts a Santa’s Ride event, where Santa is paraded through the subdivisions on a fire truck. That event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 12. This year, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, there will be no meet and greet with Santa.
Other cities have decided against candy and handouts during parades for a more pandemic-friendly experience.
The Leader would like to encourage event-goers to wear face masks, wash/sanitize hands and social distance to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.