Chamber, others working on ‘new Christmas tradition’

The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, with the collaboration of the Blount County-Oneonta Agri- Business Center and the Oneonta Business Association, is working on a plan to implement a weekend-long special Christmas celebration this year, according to chamber director Aimee Wilson.

The kickoff event is the Blount County-Oneonta Christmas Parade, to be held for the first time this year on Saturday, Dec. 2, at a time to be announced later. Special activities for the remainder of the day Saturday and for Sunday will be announced near the end of July, when detailed planning for the extended schedule is complete.

The Christmas parade was held for years in the past on Thursday evenings, then moved to Tuesday evenings five years ago. One reason for the change to Saturday morning, Wilson said, relates to new businesses being constructed in the area near the Family Services Mall which the parade has traditionally used as a staging area to line up at the beginning of the event. That will no longer be possible in the late afternoon and evening, but can still be done during the morning hours on Saturday, Wilson said.

“This collaboration is a good example of the chamber’s motto in action: ‘Working together, we can make a very good community even better,’” Wilson said. “Working together with these two other amazing organizations, we are going to be able to create a new Christmas tradition for all Blount Countians, young and old.”