Christmas Festival events kick off this week in the city

Start marking your calendar because the holiday season is upon us, and Barbourville has a long list of events planned throughout the season to help fill everyone’s holiday spirit.

It all began with the return of the Snowman Hunt on Thanksgiving Day. The lucky finder of the snowman will receive a $500 cash prize, sponsored by Safehouse, LLC. The first (and following clues) will be posted at 5 p.m. at

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First Baptist Church will open its doors for the annual Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Events include:

• A Christmas Tree and Wreath Auction (donated by local citizens and businesses), of which proceeds go to help the KCEOC Homeless Shelter.

• Family Life Center Café – enjoy chili and support the Little Poplar Creek Fire Department.

• Top Baker Showcase

• Elite Dance Studio Performances (times to be announced)

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will close Friday’s events at 6 p.m. at the Knox County Courthouse.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, downtown businesses come alive with Shop, Dine, and Explore Downtown Businesses.

The Christmas Bazaar opens once again from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with

• Story Time with Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Top Bakers Showcase from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Elite Dance Studio Performances (times to be announced)

After a weekend of Christmas shopping, it’s time to sit and relax to the sounds of Union’s Christmas Festival Concert Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the Conway Boatman Chapel.

The weekend’s not quite over yet. Sunday, Dec. 6, is the Annual Barbourville Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Barbourville Woman’s Study Club. Stop at the Tourism Center around 3 p.m. to start your journey.

You might want to stop by Barbourville Tourism to check out the art of regional artist Dal Macon, now on display through the middle of December. A reception in his honor is planned for Dec. 11 from 3-5 p.m.