Burnside Mayor Ron Jones and his wife Emma Lou, wave to crowds at a previous Burnside Christmas Parade. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 13 this year.

If you’re still hungry for Christmas parade action a week after the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce’s event this coming weekend, Burnside has a hefty dose of holiday spirit in store for you.

The fourth-annual “Magical Christmas in Burnside” parade will be held on Saturday, December 13, on downtown Main Street in the self-proclaimed “only town on Lake Cumberland.”

Emma Lou Jones, one of the primary organizers and wife of Burnside Mayor Ron Jones, said that expectations were high for one of the best parades the town has seen yet.

“It’s going to be big,” she noted.

About 60 to 70 entries are already signed up to participate in the parade, with more expected.

“We’ve got more people in it than in Burnside!” exclaimed Jones.

The parade will start at 1 p.m., with AirMethods ushering it in from above. Jones promised a number of bands, choruses, sports teams, and civic groups will be included as participants.

Jones said that the parade will start on Walnut Street by the post office, at the intersection with South U.S. 27. It will then go north along U.S. 27, until it reaches East Lakeshore Drive, and will turn right there to end at Jordan Baptist Church.

While you’re waiting for the parade to start, head on over to the Burnside Fire Department, where the city is hosting a Christmas Crafters Village from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with more than a dozen expected vendors offering homemade goods to those with an eye for beauty or just looking for unique Christmas gifts. Additionally, Santa Claus will be making an appearance there, with photo opportunities available.

Also, enjoy the town’s Christmas lights — familiar sights in the community since their inclusion on the “Christmas Island” attraction years ago — lining South U.S. 27 in different spots. The lights are currently up and available for viewing.

For more information on the parade, contact Burnside City Hall at 606-561-4113, or contact Emma Lou Jones at 606-561-5133. 

“We get more interest in (the Christmas parade) every year,” said Jones. “It’s just like everything else in Burnside, it’s growing and growing.”

CHRIS HARRIS is a staff writer for the Commonwealth Journal. He can be reached at

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