There will be plenty of Christmas cheer this weekend when Metropolis officially kicks off the Christmas season.

Kiwanis Pancake Day

The Metropolis Kiwanis Pancake Day is set for Saturday from 6:30-11:30 First United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Fifth and Ferry Streets. Adult tickets for hte all-you-can-eat breakfast is $8 and children age 8 and under eat free with an accompanying adult. The public is welcome. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis children programs. Tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanis member or at the door.

Metropolis Christmas Parade

Area residents can kick back and enjoy the Christmas season by watching the Metropolis Christmas parade on Saturday. The 68th annual Metropolis Christmas Parade begins at 3 p.m. This year's theme is "Magical Hometown Christmas"

The parade starts at Third and Ferry streets, will come up Ferry Street, turning left on Fifth Street, around Superman Square and end at Ninth and Market streets. The Metropolis Chamber committee has established the following guidelines for the parade and judging:

• Every unit must be decorated using this year's theme

• Participants must be in place by 2:15 p.m.

• The Metropolis Rotary Club is the only unit allowed to have a Santa Claus.

• All entries must be child/family friendly. No weapons, real or fake, will be allowed.

The alternate date in case of rain is Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. For information, contact the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce at 618-524-2714.

Metropolis Christmas Tree Lighting

The first ever Hometown Christmas Tree lighting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, following the Metropolis Christmas Parade, near the Superman Statue on Market Street. The event will feature a variety of entertainment. Christmas carols will be performed by the choirs of Massac County High School and Massac Junior High School.

And, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than to hear a reading from a beloved Christmas story. The event will conclude with Mayor Billy McDaniel officially flipping the switch on the Christmas tree. The young and the young-at-heart are encouraged to attend.

Massac County Tour of Homes

Massac County Historical Society Annual Tour of Homes and Open House will be Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. This year's tour is full of history, as each building is over a century old. All the stops on the tour are close together, allowing ample time to visit each one, and perhaps also stop by Fort Massac State Park for its Old Tyme Christmas celebration, which is free to the public.

Featured are the homes of John Davies and Ford Loverin, 408 Market St. and 308 Park St.; and Kelly and Jeff Wisniewski, 904 Ferry St. Also on the tour is Park Street church of Christ, at the corner of Fourth and Park streets. Park Street is the one-block long street on the east side of Washington Park. Refreshments will be served at the Curtis Home, 405 Market St., which will be decorated for the season by the Metropolis Garden Club. Tickets are $7, and will be available at any home, so tour-goers may start and end their tour at any point. Balloons will mark each stop on the tour.

Old Tyme Christmas

Each year the Olde Tyme Christmas at Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis offers a glimpse as to what Christmases from years past may have looked like.

This year's event, which will be held Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature an open house, complete with cookies baked in the bake oven, music, decorations and refreshments in the new visitors center and museum. And the Olde Tyme Christmas would not be complete without some mood music. Organizers say there will be special musical entertainment on hand during the event provided by members of the band formerly known as the Heritage Band. The park staff and local historical re-enactors will welcome the guests in the visitors' center and museum, which will be festively decorated with items based on 17th and 18th century designs.

Hot-spiced tea will warm visitors as they sample cookies and snacks at the visitor's center. The decorations at the park are prepared and placed each year by Fort Massac staff and Friends of Fort Massac. For more information about this event, individuals may call Fort Massac State Park at 618-524-4712.

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