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In celebration of the beginning of the Christmas season, the annual Christmas tree lighting and festivities in downtown Benson will take place on Friday December 7 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM. The tree, donated by Adam's Christmas Trees will be lit at 6:30 PM, with the help of Little Miss Benson, Calesie Godwin.

The Benson Elementary School Chorus and Little Miss Benson will provide music for the ceremony at Benton Square.  Shortly after the tree is lit, the parade will begin and Santa will arrive by a horse drawn carriage sponsored by Dunn-Benson Ford.  Free trolley rides will be available.  Main Street trees will be lit and luminaries will line Benton Square. There will be entertainment, food vendors, free gifts and visits with Santa near Jenny’s Sweet Creations. Main Street will be closed to vehicles during the evening.

Antique cars will be on display after the parade and the Mary Duncan Public Library will delight attendees with a "Christmas Light Show" from 6:00 - 8:30 PM.   

Entertainment and locations after the parade are:

Benton Square - Cast of the Uptown Country and Gospel Music Show
Future Home of the Benson Museum on Main Street - Greg Honeycutt
Railroad Street Parking Lot - RenDancers
Market and Main - Alicia's Dancers
Corner of Elm and Main - West Johnston Band Ensemble
Food vendors - Library Parking Lot

Kiwanis Club will give away free children's books at Narron, O'Hale and Whittington

Junior Woman's Club will give away hot chocolate at Ken Tart Photographer

Benson Area Women's Organization will give away free candy at Jenny's Sweet Creations

Benson Parks and Recreation will give away free popcorn at Levinson's Law Firm

American Legion Auxiliary will give away free cookies in front of the new Museum.