The Christmas Walk on the day after Thanksgiving will kick off holiday activities in Bonne Terre.

The walk begins at 6 p.m. at Lakeview Park with a special lighting ceremony and Christmas carols. Volunteers will have decorated all of the light posts around the lake for the holiday season.

From there, participants will go across the street to St. Joe Manor for Christmas carols. The next stop is at Bicentennial Park where there will be the annual tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.

This year, two trees will be decorated. Like in years before, one will be decorated with ornaments in memory of loved ones who have died. For information about the ornaments, call Linda Shearin at 573-358-2354.

The second tree will honor people who have had cancer. That night, for donations, people can purchase pink ribbons from the License to Cut Cancer Relay Team to hang on the tree in honor of a loved one. The tree will be decorated in white lights. For more information, call Ruth Pratte at 573-358-5278.

The tree-lighting ceremony will include, prayer, song, lighting of the tree and hot refreshments.

Church Street will be lighted with luminaries.

The next stop is the gazebo in front of city hall in the park unofficially being called People’s Park. There, Santa Claus will greet everyone. Parents can bring their cameras to have their children’s picture taken with him.

The walk ends at Veterans Park behind city hall (old Bonne Terre Elementary) with more hot beverages, and possibly more caroling.

Janet Barton said if someone can’t walk or doesn’t want to walk, they can join in at any point.

In addition, families, businesses and groups are being asked to decorate the city park this season with giant holiday greeting cards.

Thirteen businesses and groups have already signed up. The Bonne Terre Community Betterment Committee would like the cards up by Dec. 1.

Cards can be made from plywood measuring 4 by 4, 4 by 8, or they can be made of two 4 by 4 boards side by side. The plywood may be placed vertically or horizontally. Participants may use Christmas lights or a spotlight to decorate the card. Participants will be responsible for setting up and taking down the cards.

To participate, notify City Hall to be assigned a location in the park. For more information, call 573-358-2254.

The annual Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is only a few weeks away. The 29th annual parade will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The theme is “Christmas Carols Come Alive.”

To enter a float in the parade, contact the Chamber office at 573-358-4000. The deadline to register a float is 1 p.m. Nov. 26.

Cash prizes will again be awarded for the five best decorated floats.

The parade will start at the intersection of De Soto and Division Street near the fire station and continue to Main and end at the Post Office. Santa Claus will be on the last float.

Before the parade, there will be a chili dinner at the Methodist Church’s new Cornerstone building from 4 to 6 p.m.

A dinner includes soup or chili, a jumbo hot dog, chips, a drink and a dessert for $6. Individual items and children’s prices will be available.

The Bonne Terre Community Chautauqua Singers will perform a medley of Christmas carols at 6 p.m. there and again in the Commerce Bank parking lot just before the parade begins.

Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 179 or at

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