Helen’s Lighting of the Village kicks off Christmas festivities

With Thanksgiving here, that means Christmas is right around the corner. In fact, the next three weeks will have something for everyone.

In White County, the holiday season kicks off with the annual Lighting of the Village in downtown Helen. This free event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bandshell on Friday, Nov. 23. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the downtown bandshell as the village is lighted to begin the holiday season. There will be musical performances by local groups, and children will be able to meet with Santa and give him their Christmas wishes.For more information, call 706-878-2181 or visitwww.helenga.org.

After the Lighting of the Village, Cleveland will kick off the month of December with the 2018 Christmas in the Mountains Celebration & Lighted Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1. This event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Cleveland. This free, popular community event is full of festive fun and fantasy. There will be pictures and visits with Santa, a holiday market on the Cleveland Courthouse Square, including Merry Merchants Open Houses, food, fun and musical performances in Freedom Park, luminaria lighting in Freedom Park, community Christmas tree lighting in Freedom Park and the annual lighted Christmas parade in downtown Cleveland. For more information, call 706-865-5356 or visit whitecountychamber.org.

The next Saturday, Dec. 8, Helen will hold its Christmas parade. This event will be from 2 to 3 p.m. in downtown Helen. This free event will feature costumed characters, floats, and Santa. For more information, contact 706-878-2181 or visit www.helenga.org.

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