(Greensboro, Ga. --- December 2, 2014) Downtown Greensboro will light the Big Tree this Friday, December 5. The event is Greensboro’s official kick off for the holiday season and will take place from 6 to 8 pm.
Bring the whole family for an evening of music, food, holiday fun, shopping, and of course Santa in downtown Greensboro. It is rumored that Santa will arrive on a big red tractor this year…instead of his sleigh; so children, get your wish lists ready and be sure to be in historic downtown Greensboro when he arrives at 6 pm. Santa will be available in Festival Hall on the corner of North Main and Greene Street esand parents can purchase a professional photo of their child with Santa provided by Melissa Pepin Photography from Athens, Georgia.
Activities for the children include visiting the craft tent on Main Street in front of the Court House where they can make a Christmas Ornament for their trees at home. Children can also roast marshmallows with the Future Farmers of America or take a tractor pulled hay ride around town.
Come for dinner at the event! Find a warm, cozy booth at one of Greensboro’s downtown restaurants, visit the Washington Grass Inn’s Christmas Café under the big tent in North Main Street for homemade potato soup and barbeque “sammies” or grab a hotdog and hamburger from one of our local church groups. Stay warm with a cup of hot apple cider prepared by the Knights of Columbus.
Christmas carolers and community churches will be singing favorite holiday tunes on stage in front of the Court House lawn. Beginning at 6pm, the Lake Oconee Academy concert band will perform a few holiday favorites including “Chaotic Christmas” and “Here Come Santa Clause”. Around 6:30pm, the Pete Nance Boys & Girls club will perform an excerpt from they holiday play. Then at 7pm, the Honorable Mayor Glenn Wright will welcome Charlie Marshall to the stage to thank him for donating his Arizona Cypress for the Courthouse lawn. Then the Mayor will lead everyone in the countdown to light the tree. Up next will be The Eatonton Harmonttes performing all of your favorite Christmas songs. And last, but not least, the Southern Spice Dance Academy will perform dance number to get you in the holiday spirit. It is not too late to for other church choirs or singing groups to join in the fun. Groups that are interested in performing downtown during the event should contact the Kendrick Harris in the Greensboro Main Street office at (706) 453-7674.
Shopping takes center stage this Friday night, as Greensboro’s friendly merchants are ready to help you find gifts for everyone on your list this season – without the hectic traffic and crowds of the typical shopping mall.
Make Greensboro your shopping destination this holiday season! Shoppers can take advantage of extended holiday shopping hours all season long Friday and Saturday evenings from now and continuing through Christmas.
For more information holiday events in downtown contact the Greensboro Main Street Program at (706) 453-7674 or visit www.GreensboroHoliday.com.