COTR 2016 Day Activities (gallery)

2016 Christmas in the Canebrake (gallery)

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12-1-2016 -- Demopolis, Ala. -- Rebecca Hasty (right) crowned Gwinn Etheredge was crowned as St. Nick for Christmas on the River 2016. The ceremony was held at the public square in downtown Demopolis on Thursday night.

Rebecca Hasty (right) crowns Gwinn Etheredge as St. Nick for Christmas on the River 2016. Etheredge has been a resident of Demopolis since 1952. The ceremony was held at the public square in downtown Demopolis on Thursday night.

COTR starts this week in Demopolis

Christmas on the River (COTR) 2016 will get underway this week in Demopolis, beginning with the lighting of the Love Light Tree and announcement of this year’s special child at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital Wednesday at 5 p.m. For a full schedule of events, see below:

Wednesday, Nov. 30

5 p.m.

Lighting of the Love Light Tree and announcement of COTR Special Child – Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital

Thursday, Dec. 1

5:30 p.m.

Lighting of Public Square and Crowning of St. Nick – Public Square, Downtown Demopolis

Friday, Dec. 2

5:30 – 8 p.m.

Christmas in the Canebrake – Bluff Hall, Lyon Hall, Gaineswood (Admission is $5 per home)

5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Alabama State Championship BBQ Cook-off – George Franks Ball Field ($5 admission)

Saturday, Dec. 3

7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fair in the Square – Public Square, Downtown Demopolis

8 a.m.

Registration for Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk – Rooster Hall

9 a.m.

Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk – Rooster Hall

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Christmas in the Canebrake – Bluff Hall

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Christmas in the Canebrake – Gaineswood

11:30 a.m.

Christmas Parade – Downtown Demopolis

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Judging for BBQ cook-off – George Franks Ball Field

2 p.m.

BBQ Cook-off winners announced – George Franks Ball Field

2 p.m.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life—A Live Radio Play’ – Old School Theater on Main Avenue

6 p.m.

Nautical Parade and fireworks display – Demopolis City Landing

6 – 8:30 p.m.

COTR Gala – Demopolis Civic Center

9 p.m. – midnight

COTR Dance – Demopolis Civic Center (Registration/entrance fee charged)

Nominations sought for 2016 St. Nicholas

Demopolis, Ala. - 12-3-2015 - Rebecca Hasty (right) named Martha Griffith (left) as St. Nick for COTR 2015 at the Demopolis square on Thursday night.

Demopolis, Ala. – 12-3-2015 – Martha Griffith, left, is named 2015 St. Nicholas by Rebecca Hasty during last year’s Christmas on the River festivities.

He could be your next-door neighbor or your baseball coach. She could be your Sunday School teacher or your Girl Scout leader. Who are we talking about? The 2016 St. Nicholas is a Demopolis resident who best portrays the spirit of Christmas all year long by being involved in the development of the lives of children in our community. This person is someone who has made a positive impact on your life or the lives of your children. He or she is someone who brightens your day when you see them or goes the extra mile when you need a little boost. This person is drawn to children and children are drawn to them. He or she seeks ways to help, teach, guide, or lead children to become the best version of themselves. Who comes to mind when you think of the next St. Nicholas?

The Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce and the Christmas on the River Committee are seeking nominations for this year’s 2016 St. Nicholas There is no greater compliment than for someone to sit down and write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. All of us know someone who has made a difference in our community and the lives of the children in our area.  Take a few minutes and write a letter of recommendation on behalf of someone who has made a lasting impression on you.

The crowning of St. Nicholas event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1 in the Public Square, Downtown Demopolis at 5:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Demopolis Civic Center. In addition to the crowning of St. Nicholas, the Christmas story will be read, we will light Public Square, Santa will be available for photos and the children of Demopolis with their hand-made lanterns will have the Lantern Light Parade.

It is a fun filled evening honoring people that help make Demopolis such a wonderful community.

Nominations must be submitted in written form and received by the Chamber of Commerce no later than Nov. 18. Remember to sign your letter, without a signature we cannot accept your nomination. You may send your letter to PO Box 667, Demopolis, AL 36732; fax to 334-289-1026; drop off at the Chamber at 102 E Washington St; or email your nomination to demopchamber@yahoo.com.

For more information, contact the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce at (334) 289-0270.