With the holidays right around the corner, numerous Caswell County organizations and numerous volunteers are already prepping for the county’s annual holiday tradition. 

Soon, the town of Yanceyville will be illuminated by a holiday tree and walking trail thanks to the annual traditions of the Tree Lighting and Walk of Lights held Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. The following day, downtown streets will be packed full of cars, floats and eager spectators watching during the annual Christmas Parade. 

The traditions go a few years back when the Caswell County Historical Association began the tradition of lighting a Christmas tree for the community. Recently, though, other county groups and volunteers have gotten involved, truly making it a community event for all ages. 

It all starts with the Tree Lighting and Walk of Lights Dec. 6. The event comes complete with Santa Clause arriving and Christmas crafters. For a list of crafter booths, call 336-694-6106. 

Next comes the 12 Days of Caswell Christmas Parade Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. The parade will be followed by hot chocolate courtesy of a local Boy Scout troop along with ice skating and a Retirement of the Flag Ceremony. 

The parade will also provide the Bartlett Yancey High School Marching Band, the fire department and other various organizations to sponsor one of 12 floats that reflect the parade’s theme, “12 Days of Caswell Christmas.” Instead of the long-loved “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with “lords a leaping and swans a swimming,” the Caswell parade will be a bit different as it will feature all aspects of Caswell County. 

Six floats will focus on various agricultural elements of the county and six floats will focus on the county’s different departments and organizations. 

Participants are encouraged to think creatively and humorously. A group of volunteers are already hard at work putting together the following themes: 12 Teen Court Judges, 11 Scout Troops scouting, seven farmers farming. 

The final version of the song will be creatively shared in the community so that all can enjoy and follow along in the fun. 

To register for one of the floats or with another idea or entry, contact the Caswell County Chamber of Commerce to save your spot. Deadline is Nov. 27.    

The tree-lighting ceremony and walk of lights are being presented by Melissa Jones of North Village Holiday Planning, while the Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the parade.