Downtown Crossville will be jolly and bright with multiple activities planned for the weekend.

Friday at the Crossroads returns from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, with special events planned at the Crossville Depot, opportunities to win a gift basket of local goods, music, food and fun as part of its Winter Wonderland theme.

Downtown Crossville Inc. is sponsoring the fifth annual Tree Lighting at the Depot. The Three Good Looking Guys Quartet opens the event with music at 4:30. The Sweet T Cloggers perform at 4:50 and Crossville Mayor James Mayberry will light the tree at 5 p.m. Sweet T will perform following the lighting, as well. 

The Depot will be open late Friday, until 7 p.m., with popcorn, hot chocolate and a great selection of Crossville merchandise. Register for a drawing during the event.

At the courthouse, kids will enjoy a bounce house, sponsored by the Crossville Noon Rotary, event sponsor. The St. Alphonsus Choir will be singing carols at the Courthouse Gazebo at 5:30 p.m. 

Down the street, Highland Federal Savings and Loan will have a special guest straight from the North Pole! Parents, bring the kids and your camera for a photo op with that jolly ol’ elf, Santa Claus, and register for a giant stocking giveaway.

Saturday, events start early with the TAD Center’s annual Reindeer Run at 8 a.m. There’s still time to enter this annual 5K through downtown Crossville, with registration at 7:30 a.m.

The Crossville Breakfast Rotary Club’s 33rd annual Chili Cookoff offers an opportunity to warm up at the Depot, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Local teams show off their culinary skills and top-secret recipes for bragging rights and a cash prize, and the public’s invited to sample the entries.

The Battle of the Bakers follows at 1 p.m. at Social Brew, with a variety of sweet temptations served up in this annual Young Professionals Alliance event. 

The Art Circle Library hosts T-3 Glee from the Cumberland County Playhouse at noon, and first responders will be reading with youngsters at the Palace Theatre beginning at 1 p.m.

A Downtown Christmas Market at the Courthouse will offer shopping opportunities from area crafters and vendors from 2-8 p.m.

The annual Crossville Christmas Parade with the theme “All Hearts Come Home for Christmas,” crowns the day, starting at 4:30 p.m. 

Lineup will be at Martin Elementary and Cumberland County High School. The parade will travel up Stanley St. to Main St. and turn left, continuing to Woodmere Mall, led by the Cumberland County School Nutrition Department. 

The city of Crossville is offering handicap-accessible parking at the former Crossville Ford on Main St., with portable bathrooms available at that location. 

Friday at the Crossroads Participants

•Crossville Depot

169 N. Main St.

Open until 7 p.m.

Enjoy free popcorn and hot chocolate and register for a special giveaway

 

5th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Downtown Crossville Inc. 

4:30 p.m. — Three Good Looking Guys Quartet

4:50 p.m. — Sweet T Cloggers

5 p.m. — Tree Lighting

5:05 p.m. — Sweet T Cloggers

 

•Social Brew

140 N. Main St.

8 p.m. The DayTrippers

 

•Arches Building

51 N. Main St.

Rengo Design — Games for the kids, with candy canes and business information

 

•Giggles and Grace

115 S. Main St., Suite 102

Visit with Paw Patrol characters from 5 to 7 p.m. Kids can make their own Christmas ornament and help decorate the tree. Enjoy 20 percent off storewide.

 

Revolution Church — play Plinko and get candy and water

Mary Kay by Sharon Taylor

Oakhill Baptist Church — warm up with hot chocolate

LuLa Roe with Krissy and Angel

 

•Randall Boston Law Office

60 N. Main St.

Cumberland County Early Literacy Council

Free books for children

 

•Quill & Art

71 N. Main St.

Register to win a gift basket.

 

Creative Custom Solutions

Information on their unique coating services

 

•Courthouse Lawn

2 S. Main St.

Crossville Noon Rotary — Bounce House

 

•Loose Cannon

34 Fourth St.

Check out new products in the gift shop and enjoy karaoke with The Tribe. Chestnut Hill will also be joining the group.

 

•Art Circle Library

3 East St.

4 p.m. Polar Express

Light refreshments and the children are welcome to come in their pajamas

 

•Highland Federal Savings and Loan

106 S. Main St.

Parents, bring the kids and your camera for photos with Santa! Register to win a large stocking.