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LINCOLN COUNTY – Put away that turkey and break out your holiday spirit – it’s time for annual Christmas parades in the county. The City of Lincolnton kicks off the season with their parade with a Candy Land theme on Sunday. The parade runs down Main Street from Flint to Court Square, then up North Aspen ending at Lincolnton High School. The parade line-up starts at 2 p.m. and the parade starts at 4 p.m. Stay downtown for entertainment after the parade and the tree lighting at approximately 6 p.m. There is no parking on Main Street during the parade so come early, bring a chair and secure your spot along the parade route.

The Denver Christmas Parade, sponsored by the East Lincoln Betterment Association, with the theme of “A Family Christmas” is Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12:15 through 3 p.m. traveling down N.C. Highway 16 from North Pilot Knob Road to Captain's Cap. Parade viewers are encouraged to park as near as possible to the parade route. Parade viewers are asked to pull off Highway 16. The Captain’s Cap parking lot is being reserved for parade entrants and floats for dismounting. Please be considerate of businesses along the parade route and do not block their entrances. 

Handicap and Disabled Parking is available at the Hotsy facility at Highway 16 and Triangle Circle. 

Perhaps the most eclectic Christmas parade in North Carolina, the 48th annual Cat Square Christmas Parade in Vale is Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. This parade runs down Cat Square Road beginning at Zur Leonard Road and ending at Bill Sain Road. Like with the other parades, stake out your spot early as Cat Square Road will be shut down to traffic by noon.

Nominations for the Cat Square Mayor are to be made on Nov. 26, at the Cat Square Superette. The top three nominees will be on the ballot with voting for the mayor is Dec. 3 along with registration for horses and ATVs at the Cat Square Superette. 

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