The Town of Bluffton has several Christmas events planned for the weekend of Dec. 6 through 8. The festivities begin with the Town Hall Christmas tree lighting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Town Hall, 20 Bridge St. The event will include a musical performance by M.C. Riley Elementary School students and an appearance by Santa Claus. The Old Town Bluffton Merchants Society also will host "Light Up the Night" from 3 to 8 p.m. that day, which includes free holiday trolley rides beginning at 5 p.m.
The Christmas parade will begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 7. Set up and staging begins at 8 a.m. The town runs through Old Town Bluffton on a nearly three-mile route that starts at Pritchard and Bridge streets and ends at Red Cedar Road. The parade typically lasts two-and-a-half to three hours and will take place rain or shine.
Finally, there will be a second Christmas tree lighting at beginning at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 8 at Buckwalter Place. Santa will arrive in a fire truck, parade awards will be presented and the Red Cedar Elementary School choir will sing. Cookies, cupcakes and hot cocoa will be served at the event, which is a joint celebration with Station 300, Buckwalter Place and the town.
The town is also having a canned food drive through December. Donations will be distributed to local charities in January. Donations can be dropped off at Town Hall, 20 Bridge St.