CHIPLEY — It’s not quite Thanksgiving, but already it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and the Yuletide season hits full swing on Dec. 7 when Chipley’s Christmas Fest takes place at the Farmers Market Complex.

CHIPLEY — It’s not quite Thanksgiving, but already it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and the Yuletide season hits full swing on Dec. 7 when Chipley’s Christmas Fest takes place at the Farmers Market Complex.

This year will feature some new events, including a chili cook-off, as well as the annual Christmas parade and the ever-popular photos with Santa.

The public is invited to attend all of the Christmas Fest events.

Chamber of Commerce Board Member Amy Wiwi announced on Thursday the Chamber’s plans to hold its first annual Chili Cook-Off on Dec. 7 as part of the city’s Christmas Fest.

“We’re limiting entry to 10 entries, and we already have six,” Wiwi said. “If you have one of the best chili recipes in Washington County, then be sure to sign up.”

The cook-off will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Farmers Market Complex in downtown Chipley with chili judging beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The annual Christmas Parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. with line-up beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the old Chipley High School track. Photos with Santa will be available from 2 to 3 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the gazebo downtown.

At 5:30 p.m. there will be a reading of the Cajun “The Night Before Christmas” by Kermit Soileau.


A Jazzy Christmas

Looking for a great way to kick off the holiday season?  Join the Chipley High School Jazz Ensemble for “A Jazzy Christmas” Dinner Concert on Monday, Dec. 2.  Sponsored by the Chipley Band Boosters, this event features a steak dinner, accompanied by the sounds of the holiday season performed live by the talented musicians of the CHS Jazz Ensemble.  Tickets are $45 per couple or $30 per person.

Proceeds from the event will help the CHS Band in its fundraising effort to travel to Washington DC in May 2014 to pay a musical tribute to our country’s veterans as part of the National Memorial Day Concert Series at the National World War II Monument.

“A Jazzy Christmas” begins at 6 P.M., at the First Baptist Church Student Building on South Boulevard.  Advance tickets can be purchased from any CHS Band member or parent, or make your reservation by phone through the CHS Band Office at 638-6100, extension 525, or by email at before Nov. 26. 




A Classic Chipley Christmas

The Spanish Trail Playhouse is presenting "A Classic Chipley Christmas" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Spanish Trail Playhouse. 
The show features some of everyone's favorite Christmas songs with talented performers from the tri-state area.  Performers include Phyllis Sloan, Seth Cook, Rob Nixon, Casey Johns, Terri Garrett, Patrick Roark, Kevin Russell, Steve Yates, Emory Wells, Hope Schofield, Lee Shook, Trish Brannon, Deanna Bailey, The Dance Factory, Salem Acuff, Katie Jenkins, and Carrie Bennett.  This one-night event is directed by Jimmy Miller. 
Please make your Christmas season even more special by enjoying this Spanish Trail Playhouse tradition.   Tickets are general admission, $10, and will be on sale from November 21 until December 6 at the Washington County Public Library. Tickets will be on sale at the box office on December 7, the day of the show. Enjoy this Spanish Trail Playhouse Christmas concert and support your local all volunteer theatre


Tour of Homes

The Chipley Christmas Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Chipley, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the beginning of the Tour which is the historic Clubhouse, located at 607 North 5th Street in Chipley.

Tickets and maps to all locations on the Tour will be available there along with delicious holiday refreshments.  The Clubhouse will also be decorated for the season.

The homes that will be showcased this year are Pat and Buddy Dickson, Julie and Nick Dillard, Kristie and Ron Novonglosky. The businesses that are decorating especially for the Tour this year are Community South Credit Union and One South Bank.

 These homes and businesses have all been built within the last few years and will display of a variety of modern, heirloom, and collectable items in their decoration themes.

Plan to join in celebrating the Christmas Season by touring these beautifully decorated homes. For questions or information, call 638-2992.


CHS Christmas Concert

The Chipley High School Vocal Music Department will have its Christmas Concert at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12. The department will present a variety of Christmas selections performed by the Women’s Ensemble, Mixed Ensemble and Concert Choir. As always, the program will be concluded with the “Hallelujah Chorus” performed by the Concert Choir and CHS alumni. For more information, call 638-6100.



Wausau plans Christmas Parade

The Town of Wausau will be holding their annual Christmas Parade at 10 a.m. on Dec. 14. Lineup will begin at 9 a.m. Anyone wishing to be in the parade or have any questions please contact JoAnn Hayes, town clerk, at 638-1781. Santa is going to be at the Possum Palace after the parade to meet with the children, refreshments will be served. The Masonic Lodge will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. at the Lodge. Breakfast will be served for a donation of $4.