Plans for Jellico’s annual Christmas Parade, a community-wide Christmas Decoration Contest, and Christmas Tree lighting downtown were up for discussion at November’s meeting.
“Along the lines of increasing COVID cases and wanting to make sure we have a safe Christmas Parade,” said City Council member Sarah McQueen, “I would like to make a motion to write a letter (from Jellico City Council) to urge Campbell County Mayor, E.L. Morton, to produce a mask-mandate for the entire county so hopefully our Christmas festivities will be able to go on in a safer manner.” This motion was set into place and a letter will be sent Campbell County Mayor.

Jellico’s Annual Christmas Parade is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, December 13 at 2 p.m. Mayor Dwight Osborn has also ordered 4,000 face masks to be given to citizens during this year’s parade and all workers participating in the parade (as well as those attending) will be required to wear a mask for the safety of everyone.

“We’re considering the first weekend of December for the annual Christmas tree lighting,” said Mayor Dwight Osborn. “At the Veterans Day event the other day, everyone was spread out and had masks on so I think we can probably do the tree lighting if we can operate the same way.”

Council member Jerry Neal, “We would like to have a decoration contest for businesses and homes within city limits,” he added, “Prizes will be $100 for 1st Place, $50 for 2nd Place and $25 for 3rd Place and some of the businesses in town are already decorated and maybe we can get more homes and businesses to participate!”
Council member Suzette Davenport responded,
“I think that’s a great idea, that would give people something to do to drive around and look at Christmas lights too.”
Jellico, start your decorating now and begin spreading Christmas cheer!

Jellico City offices, other than Emergency personnel, will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.