A busy Christmas weekend awaits in Toccoa and Stephens County.
Tonight is the annual “Christmasfest” in downtown Toccoa. That will run from 5 to 8 p.m.
Main Street Toccoa Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby said there will be some new activities during Christmasfest for people to enjoy.
“New this year is a Christmas Sage Market and that will be located at 56 Doyle Street and so we invite people to come and do a little bit of their Christmas shopping while they are downtown,” said Crosby. “We will also be having a church walk. Our three historic churches downtown will be open and be having entertainment there. We invite people to come and just stroll down Tugalo Street, see the beauty of the lights, and just visit our churches and hear some beautiful Christmas music as well.”
Christmasfest will also include many familiar activities, such as carriage rides, a live nativity, and Santa himself.
In addition, the historic courthouse will host the Festival of Trees, which gets underway this evening as part of Christmasfest.
Crosby said a play, “The Trial of the Renegade Elf” will also take place in the historic courthouse courtroom today, with performances at 6 and 7 p.m.
“It is being performed by a group called the Lady Lawyers Who Lunch,” said Crosby. “It will be about a 15 minute play.”
At 8 p.m., Toccoa will light the city Christmas tree, located on the lawn of the historic courthouse along Sage Street.
Christmas activities continue Saturday in downtown Toccoa.
From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., there will be “Breakfast with Santa” at the Cornerstone Restaurant. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Christmas Sage Market will continue and there is also a gingerbread house contest at 56 Doyle Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Festival of Trees will also open up from 1 to 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, Saturday at 4 p.m. is the annual Toccoa Christmas Parade.
The parade is organized by the Toccoa Woman’s Club
Club President Bonnie Sparks said they are looking forward to a great parade.
“This year, our theme is ‘An Old Fashioned Christmas,’” said Sparks. “There is such a variety, anything from country Christmases taking place in churches to going to Grandma’s house. We are excited. We have more participation this year than we have had in quite a while.”
The parade will follow the same route as in past years. It will begin at Regions Bank and travel up Doyle Street to Sage Street. It will then turn left onto Sage Street, before turning right onto Foreacre and traveling around onto Alexander Street. The parade will pass Toccoa City Hall and the Stephens County Government Building and make its way back to Boyd Field, where the parade will end.
The busy Toccoa Christmas weekend wraps up Sunday at 4 p.m. with the Toccoa Symphony Christmas Concert at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center.