Zachary will usher in the holiday season Friday with Christmas songs, dance performances and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at the annual Christmas in the Village celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Historic Village.
Children are invited to build snowmen in the 5 tons of snow the city is bringing on site, and gourmet food trucks will be selling tasty snacks at the event.
Other activities include an arts and crafts area for holiday shoppers and Santa visiting on his sleigh.
Tours of Historic Village homes will be featured. Holiday performances, singing and dancing will be held in the gazebo.
Zachary singer-songwriter Michelle Willis will kick things off with a performance of “Let It Go” at 6 p.m., followed by the drawing of the winners of the Shop Locally campaign by Kate MacArthur, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. Winners of $500, $300 and $150 gift cards will be announced.
Mayor David Amrhein will light the city’s new 28-foot Christmas tree, which features 7,200 LED lights.
Northwestern Elementary School students plan to perform “Let There Be Peace on Earth” and “Silver Bells” at 6:15 p.m. The group is led by music teacher Lola Hill, who uses various instruments in her lessons, including bells in different colors.
The schedule also includes:
6:30 p.m.: Zachary native Christine Kershaw, a member of the worship team at Healing Place Church, will sing.
6:40 p.m.: Children from BREC’s Tiny Step program will perform several holiday songs led by Tiny Steps director Becky Reeves.
6:50 p.m.: Dancers from Children’s Moving Company will perform a short program.
7 p.m.: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Children’s Choir, led by Molly Capone, will perform.
7:15 p.m.: Rebekah Babin, a Zachary High student, will perform with her mother, Marlene Babin.
7:20 p.m.: Twenty-three dancers from the Children’s Moving Company will perform a theatrical dance featuring ballet.
7:40 p.m.: Northwestern Middle School choral director Cassidy Doherty will lead students in the eighth-grade advanced choir in “Alleluia Madrigal,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “O Holy Night.”
7:55 p.m.: Michelle Willis will perform several holiday-themed songs.
8:05 p.m.: First Baptist Church choir will perform.
8:30 p.m.: A Zachary High School choir performance, featuring Anna Johnson, director of choral music, will end the holiday performances in the gazebo.