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While winter has yet to officially begin, the Christmas season has kicked off in Lincoln Parish with several towns and villages having already thrown their holiday hurrahs.

Just last week, a large crowd of people gathered at Choudrant’s Christmas in the Village to share the holiday cheer with others from their community, Ruston hosted the first Lincoln Light Up the Pines, a drive through Christmas light trail in Lincoln Parish Park.

However, there is more holiday spirited entertainment to come as Ruston’s Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. today and will make its way through downtown.

Garland Decell, a World War II veteran and French Legion of Honor recipient, will be the Grand Marshal of the this year’s parade.

There are several upcoming holiday events that will be happening close to home:

• “The Heart of Christmas” event will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Lincoln Parish Library Event’s Center. The event will showcase the combined choirs and orchestras of Calvary Baptist and Cook Baptist Churches in Ruston. The choral presentation is free and open to the public.

• At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Louisiana Tech University School of Performing Arts Department of Music will host Carols and Cocoa at Trinity United Methodist Church. The event will feature the Louisiana Tech University Chamber Singers with John M. Petzet as conductor. Tickets will be $5 for adults and free to students and children.

• The Russ-Town Band will present its annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Admission is a non-perishable food item for Christian Community Action, or a new toy for Toys for Tots.

• The Dixie Dancers will take the stage for their annual Christmas program to benefit the Dixie at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Dixie. The Dixie Dancers of Ruston is a group of 12 ladies who perform their tap dance routines throughout five parishes in north Louisiana. The group began in 2003 and have completed 370 performances mainly for senior centers and have 77 dances in their repertoire.

The Ruston Daily Leader encourages residents to attend these community events with their families during the holiday season.

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