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PHOTOS: Hey, Dad, knows Santa!

On a very busy Thursday night in Clinton, City Manager Frank Stovall welcomes the featured guest of "It's Christmas Time in the City" - Santa Claus himself - to The Depot.

Seasonal music, hot chocolate and carriage rides also were part of the festivities, but, clearly, what was on the minds of children in the crowd was making sure The Jolly Elf knows their wishes for Christmas morning. The City of Clinton also - for the first time - lit its new, 24-ft Christmas Tree beside The Depot.

On the other side of town, Bailey Manor Christian Retirement Community welcomes in a large crowd for the kickoff to its 7th Annual Festival of Trees. Community groups, businesses, individuals and the residents, families and staff of Bailey Manor have decorated 100 Christmas trees, wreaths, scenes and gingerbread houses that will be on display through Jan. 7. Self-guided tours and balloting for favorites are available, free to the public, during Bailey Manor regular business hours.

Basketball also was part of Thursday night. The Clinton High JV girls eek out a nail-biter against Laurens, 26-24, and the junior Red Devil boys defeat Laurens, 41-23, in action that will be re-matched at LDHS on Dec. 8. The Presbyterian College men's basketball team has no trouble with Johnson & Wales, winning 107-63, for the Blue Hose third win on the season. After road trips to Tennessee and USC Upstate, the Blue Hose men will be back on home court Dec. 17 against Coastal Georgia.

TONIGHT, the Laurens County Veterans Affairs Office will have a Hall of Heroes tree-lighting in downtown Laurens at 5:30 pm (free to the public), and the Clinton High varsity basketball teams will play at Laurens District High School - tip for the girls game at 6 pm.

SATURDAY, the Clinton Christmas Parade begins at 10 am on South Broad Street, and the Whitten Center Christmas Parade begins at 1 p.m. on the Hwy 76 campus. The Laurens parade starts at 5 pm, and the Gray Court parade starts at 2:30. Presbyterian College's Music Department presented "Joyful & Triumphant" tonight and Saturday, 7 pm, and Sunday, 3 pm, in Belk Auditorium. The Living Nativity at First Presbyterian Church, Clinton, will be presented Dec. 11 and 18, 6:30 pm, and Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 6:15 following the service at 5 pm.

See Clinton Christmas Parade photos on Spotlight, Dec. 7 issue of The Clinton Chronicle, and coverage of these and many other events in the upcoming Clinton Chronicle issues. Merry Christmas!!


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