LaFayette Christmas parade

Santa Claus will be busy in LaFayette, Chickamauga and Rossville for the cities upcoming parades. Here he is at last year's LaFayette Christmas Parade in downtown LaFayette. (Messenger file photo)

Here's all the Christmas events coming to LaFayette, Chickamauga and Rossville for the holiday season.


The city of LaFayette is stocked full of Christmas events starting with its annual parade.

The parade will begin Friday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. This year's theme is "Christmas Dreams."

Lineup for the parade will be on Cherokee Street and the parade will begin at Elder's Ace Hardware on South Main Street. It will head north on Main Street and end on Margaret Street near Joe Stock Memorial Park.

More than 75 different vehicles and floats will participate as well as give out candy. The parade will end with Santa riding into town on the fire truck.

Three local judges will select the best floats.

The parade will be hosted by Mayor Andy Arnold and Rachel Oesch Willeford.

Following the parade, their will be the annual "Visit with Santa" at 7 p.m. at the gazebo at Joe Stock Memorial Park.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to take photos with youngsters. Parents must bring their own camera and it's one photo per child.

The eighth annual Model Railroad Display will take place 6-9 p.m. the day of the parade and will continue on Dec. 2 and 3 as well as Dec. 8-31. Ronald and Sue Underwood will share their Christmas-themed railroad and village display free of charge at Chattooga Academy/Gordon Hall.

The Downtown Development Authority's sixth annual Reindeer Run 5K and 1K Walk will set off on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 9 a.m. All proceeds go to benefit the Shop With a Cop/Fireman program. Learn more at the city of LaFayette's Facebook page or Reindeer Run Facebook page.

Photos with Santa at the Marsh House will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1-4 p.m. at 308 N. Main St.

The Marsh House Candlelight Tours will open their doors on Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 6-8 p.m. Tours are $5 for adults and $1 for children. All proceeds go towards preserving the Marsh House.

The Christmas Bazaar is set for Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local arts and crafts will be on hand at the LaFayette Recreation Center at 638 S. Main St.


The city of Chickamauga will host two very big days for the Christmas season.

On Friday, Dec. 1, Chickamauga will "Light Up the Streets" with Christmas lights in the historic district all along Gordon Street and part of Lee Street.

The event will include a live DJ playing holiday-themed music as businesses will have their doors open for business.

Santa Claus will also be available for pictures with children, free of charge. Parents will have to bring their own cameras.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the city will host "Christmas in the Streets and the Music Melodies Parade."

The day starts off at 10 a.m. for a full day of live music, vendors and shopping.

Santa Claus will pay Chickamauga another visit on that day with a professional photographer on hand for the event.

The city will then transition to the parade, which starts at 6:30 p.m. The parade will start at Crittenden Street and 10th Street at the curb. The parade will travel north and end at Gordon Lee High School.

Following the parade, Gordon Lee Mansion will host candlelight tours. The costs is $5 per person. Proceeds go to preserving the mansion.


The city of Rossville will hold its Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Lineup for the parade is between 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The parade will begin at 5:45 p.m. It will travel north along McFarland Avenue. It will then turn left onto West Lake Road and end at the Rossville Recreation Center.

A professional wrestling show will follow the parade at the recreation center. Proceeds will go towards Rossville recreations. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at