Rudolph is right around the corner,

This year’s Christmas parade in Donelson is expected to be spectacular.

It’s the 35th-annual Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce parade, and Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas 2019” will be the presenting sponsor this year, said chamber executive director Terri Nutter.

The theme is, “The Most Unforgettable Christmas Ever.” The parade participants will march, tumble and roll down Donelson Pike to the tunes and scenes of this parade theme. 

Nutter said the world-renowned resort offered to share its 2019 theme, along with beloved characters from some of its featured attractions such as “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.”

“Gaylord Opryland’s ‘A Country Christmas’ as our presenting sponsor gives us the opportunity to have one of the most exciting parades the Donelson-Hermitage community has seen,” said Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce president Randy Brothers.

Nutter said when Gaylord Opryland signed on to be the presenting sponsor for the 2019 Donelson-Hermitage Christmas parade, much more came with it than just dollars. Understanding the importance of community involvement, they’ve shared their theme and the community will just love it all, according to Nutter.  

Brothers said since the addition of Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas” coupled with their theme, he expects more entries than in recent years and already they’ve heard from other partnering sponsors. 

This year’s parade is set for Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. The route will be along Donelson Pike from Elm Hill Pike to Lebanon Road at Fifty Forward. Entries will be judged in seven categories that include best of parade.

“We are so excited here at the chamber to have Gaylord Opryland's ‘A Country Christmas 2019’ as our presenting sponsor,” Nutter said. “They are participating more than just in name. As part of the partnership with our parade, they plan to send some of their fun Christmas characters to appear in the parade. Tammy Henry, director of marketing, has also been instrumental in securing one of our grand marshals, which we will announce soon.”

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