BY Barbara Anne Greene
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” everywhere you go in Basin. The second annual Home for the Holidays is Saturday, Nov. 30. The town crew has strung Christmas lights across the main streets and at Courthouse Square.
Starting at 2 p.m. at the Basin City Arts Center, the public is invited to view and do their final bid on the trees in the center’s Festival of Trees. The silent auction ends at 4:30 p.m. There are more than 10 trees decorated. The public is invited to vote on their favorite trees Nov. 24-27 from 4-8 p.m.
The courthouse lights will be turned on at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 after the lighted Christmas parade, which starts at 6 p.m. Basin is known for its beautiful and extensive Christmas lights. Even the jail has Christmas lights.
The parade route is on C Street only this year. Those wanting to watch the parade should line up on either side of C Street between the post office and the library. The announcer will be in front of the chamber building.
Those participating in the parade should pick up their numbers by 5:45 p.m. in the TCT parking lot on Fourth Street. Numbers matching float numbers will be painted on Third Street. Participants will need to find the number corresponding to their float and park there.
Santa will lead off the parade, which will travel down C Street from the Eagles building to the Big Horn County Library. Once the floats pass the library, they are asked to park their float on a side street and then come back for the rest of the celebration.
At 6:30 p.m. Basin Town Councilor Joe Keele will welcome all those in attendance, say a prayer and then turn on the lights with the help of county maintenance supervisor Jeremy Pouska.
A live Nativity scene will be in front the courthouse steps. There will be shepherds, the holy family and animals. Jim Rannells will read the Christmas story. Then Rannells and Mark Cheshier will lead two Christmas carols. The Riverside Christmas combo band will also be playing a few carols.
A pulled pork dinner will be served after the caroling, along with hot chocolate, cookies and cotton candy.
Photos with Santa will also start after the caroling. Tammy’s Timeless Images and the help of the Friends of the Basin Library will take them inside the library.