GREENBRIER -- Colder temperatures and an evening drizzle did not hinder area residents' participation in the city's 23rd Annual Christmas Parade on Thursday.
Several families hustled to the Melton Cotton City Event Center from as early as 4 p.m. before the annual Christmas parade kicked off to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy hot chocolate, meet Buddy the Elf and take photos with Santa.
Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce President Audreya Cole Brown said this year's event was the fifth year to have Santa and Buddy the Elf on deck for photos prior to the parade.
"The annual parade is a great way to kick off the holiday season," she said, adding that city officials ensuring all residents have the opportunity to come out and enjoy a family-friendly, local holiday event.
Five-year-old Sophia Kurck along with her sister, 4-year-old Kenseigh Kurck, posed together with Santa, also welcoming 8-year-old Kaitlin Leach to jump into their photo shoot as they waited for the parade line up to make its way toward the event center.
Masey Kurck, the girls' mother said she was thankful for the annual parade and happy to show her support for the community by attending.
Shortly after 6:30 p.m. the many residents lining Wilson Farm Road and Lois Lane quickly emerged from their vehicles, braving the colder weather to watch as the community came together to celebrate the holiday season in a festive manner.
Kim Tyler was the grand marshal, and Police Chief Gene Earnhart led the way for parade participants with flashing blue lights and joyfully playing "Bad Boys" from his intercom as he drove past local residents.
Many parade participants lit up Greenbrier streets as they spirited this year's theme: Christmas on a Silver Screen.
Hosting the "Christmas on a Silver Screen" theme allowed area residents to come together and feature their favorite holiday films while also lighting up the night since the parade began once the sun went down, city attorney Dustin Chapman, who also is vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and this year's parade director.
Of those out in the crowd were 2-year-old Mattie Johnston and 4-year-old Anabelle Rose.
The two young girls smiled, cheered and clapped at each of the floats that passed by them.
Mattie's mother, Greenbrier resident Kylee Johnston, said the family was both excited to sit back and watch the parade but also to see one of her daughters, 6-year-old Addison, participate with other Little Dribblers basketball players during the parade.
The Little Dribblers groups followed closely behind Chief Earnhart and happily performed one of their best Christmas routines for Thursday's spectators.
Mattie and Anabelle were still smiling and giggling once the festivities had ended, stating they most enjoyed seeing Snoopy in the parade.
Just as each parade in the past has ended, the Greenbrier Fire Department carried Santa through the city's streets so that he could wave "goodbye" to all onlookers and also signal the parade's end.
"We all thought the parade was great, we loved the set up and the location was just great," Kylee said Thursday evening. "The girls really enjoyed themselves tonight."