"A Christmas Carroll" (2012 Courier file photo by David Hill)
"A Christmas Carroll" (2012 Courier file photo by David Hill)
Several events in Carroll County will help usher in the holiday season this weekend.

The annual "A Christmas Carroll" activities take place Saturday around the Courthouse square in downtown Carrollton.

The eighth annual "Visions of Sugar Plums" bake-off contest will take entries from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with judging to begin at 10 a.m. at McNeal's. The grand prize winner will receive a new cooking range.

Categories for the adult dessert bake-off include cakes, pies, miscellaneous, candy and cookies.

The contest is open to amateur cooks 18 years or older. All items must be in non-returnable containers. Entries must include a legibly written recipe.

The Children's Cookie Contest is open to children 12 years old or younger. All cookie entries must be entered at McNeal's by 10 a.m.

A minimum of six cookies should be submitted in a non-returnable container with a copy of the recipe.

The Christmas parade will begin at noon Saturday in Carrollton. The parade line-up will run from Port William Lane to the Carroll County Courthouse square.

Carriage rides will be available near the Courthouse square for $1 or a donation of a can of food for the local food pantry. Photos and a visit with Santa also will be available for a $5 donation to the local Shop with a Cop event.

A heated craft tent will be set up during the event. Anyone interested in selling crafts should contact Rhonda Welch at (502) 732-7030.

Holiday activities will also be hosted at General Butler State Resort Park on Saturday with the Family Toyland Day and the annual Festival of Trees kick-off.

Family Toyland Day events begin with Breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m. The breakfast at Two Rivers Restaurant will feature a "Grinch Breakfast" of Green Eggs and Ham I Am. The breakfast is a regular priced adult and child buffet.

The holiday activities continue with the Family Toyland workshops from 9 a.m. to noon on the Lodge mezzanine featuring Cat in the Hat pottery, Polar Express trackless train rides, face painting, balloon twisting, the Night Before Christmas Story Hour, Mrs. Claus Holiday Treats and Clark Griswold's Moose Hot Chocolate and Holiday Punch.

The workshops are $5 for a family pass, which is good for four people. Passes may be purchased with Santa's Helpers at Butler Lodge.

The park will also host the Festival of Trees throughout the Christmas season. Parks program service supervisor Tanya Supplee said she expects about 16 trees to be on display throughout the holiday season.

So far, 10 businesses, churches, schools and other community organizations plan to decorate artificial trees or wreaths for the display at Butler Lodge with more calls coming in daily, Supplee said.

The display will be open from Dec. 7 through Jan. 1, with the exception of Dec. 23 through Dec. 26 when the Butler Lodge closes for the holiday season.

Light Up Bedford activities in Trimble County planned for Friday have been canceled, the city's deputy clerk Rita Davis said.

Activities will not be rescheduled for this year.