"There is a lot of work that goes into the Lighting of the Square," Laura Wood said. "We hate to work so hard only to have to take it down after only a couple of weeks."
Wood said most years, it takes five to six weeks to complete the actual setup - not including the pre-planning and fundraising. The eight volunteers do their best to make the Christmas display as creative as possible with animated characters, lights, and music.
As is tradition, the Kilmichael Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 3 p.m. Because of the way the first Saturday fell, the holiday square would lose an entire week of being on display.
This year, the display will be lit the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 30, at dark.
"A lot of people will be in town that weekend," Wood said. "We hope that will draw a bigger crowd."
Wood said this year's theme is "Where's Rudolf?"
"[Rudolf] is missing and Santa is looking for him," Wood said. "[In the many displays on the square] Rudolf is hidden in each one."
This year's Lighting of the Square will include refreshments, music, and assorted raffles as a way to raise money to support the event.
This Saturday, November 2 beginning at 8 a.m., a bake sale will be held at both the Winona and Kilmichael branches of Bank of Kilmichael. Other fundraising options this year will include t-shirt sales and a chili supper.
"All proceeds go to the Lighting of the Square," Wood said.
Wood said donations of any kind are always appreciated, as well as volunteers.
"Plywood, lights, extension cords, Christmas trees - we always need," Wood said. "And money is always welcomed."
To make a donation or to volunteer, please contact Laura Wood at 662-392-5916.