There may not be any snow on the ground and the official, seasonal switch from fall doesn't happen until Dec. 21, but that doesn't mean Mayfield and Graves County won't get an early taste of winter wonders.

The Christmas season here will kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 30, with a host of icy events for Winterfest 2019, including the annual Lions Club Lighted Christmas Parade, Cartwright Grove Holiday Open House, and the inaugural Fairgrounds Festival of Lights.

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights will debut that Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1, and feature a driving area around the Mayfield/Graves County Fairgrounds off Ky. 121. It has more than 60 lighted displays that depict various scenes for the holiday season, including the Nativity, Santa Claus, reindeer, snowmen, elves and other similar characters.

"I think everyone is excited about it," said E.J. Clark, administrative assistant in Graves County Judge-Executive Jesse Perry's office and who is overseeing the event. "I'm getting anxious to see how things turn out."

The primary sponsor for the Festival of Lights, Mayfield Electric and Water, worked to set up the driving area with power to illuminate the colorful displays. Maintenance crews worked this week to set up the displays.

The route will run east of the fairground's track and grandstand area around the stables and by Cartwright Grove.

The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights will run from 6-9 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 5. It is free, but monetary donations for the display event or non-perishable or canned food items for local food pantries will be accepted.

Cartwright Grove Old West Town Holiday Open House will open at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30 and run through 9 p.m. with "The Darlins'" musical comedy group featured on opening night. Cartwright Grove will also be open Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 20-21 from 5-8 p.m. on those dates. Local country music talent Rachelle NiCole will perform on the Dec. 14 date.

Patrons there can ride on a covered wagon through Dec. 14, and Santa Claus will make appearances from 6-8 p.m. each night.

The Lion Club parade will be the official start of the Winterfest season, beginning at 5 p.m. The route will run north on Seventh Street to Broadway, east around the Courthouse Square, and then south on Sixth Street.

The parade's grand marshall will be WYMC's Jim Moore. Moore, a Mayfield native and general manager at the radio station, has broadcast parades in Mayfield for 40 years.

"I was both surprised and honored when Brad Jones asked me to be the Grand Marshal of this year's parade," he said.

Vince Dawson and Alex Goodman will take over live coverage of the parade, which can be heard on the WYMC stations and online.

The parade will feature floats, show cars, antique cars, emergency vehicles, and local marching bands. The theme this year will be "Songs of Christmas."

To help with any transportation needs for the start of Winterfest, Fulton County Transit will offer free transportation on Nov. 30 to and from downtown for anyone who calls the Transit's Fulton office to reserve a ride.

The telephone number is 270-472-0662.

Other special events include the return of the ice skating rink by Mayfield City Hall. The rink will have tentative hours of 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, and noon-8 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

A news release from Mayfield Mayor Kathy O'Nan's office stated hours might change based upon the rink's arrival and set-up. Any schedule changes will be posted to the city's Facebook page.

Those ages 5 and older and invited to skate. Rental skates will be available and there is no fee to skate.

Also, Santa Claus will be in his house in front of the courthouse on Saturdays, beginning Dec. 7, from 3-5 p.m., and on Sundays, beginning Dec. 8, from 2-5 p.m.