It’s time for the annual Colbert “Old-fashioned Christmas” Friday and the “Christmas in Comer” Saturday and Sunday Dec. 3.
The cities of Ila and Hull held festivities Dec. 3.
Here are details of upcoming Christmas events in Madison County to help get residents in the holiday spirit:
•Colbert’s “Old-fashioned Christmas” is set for Friday, Dec. 6. The City of Colbert invites the public to visit the town from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, to enjoy “a fun-filled night of celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season.” Colbert Baptist Church will sponsor a live Nativity in the Memorial Garden. “Join us at the Pavilion for the reading of the Christmas Story,” officials said. “Enjoy face-painting, hayrides, cake walks, marshmallow roast, tour of the polar express, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the log cabin, and lots of games and free food and drinks.” Organizers ask that those attending bring an unwrapped toy and a non-perishable food item for the Madison County Food Bank and dog/cat food, pet toys, shredded paper, shampoo, towels, sheets or blankets for the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter. These items can be dropped off at the pavilion in the designated containers. “Come and join with the community in celebrating this year’s Old Fashioned Christmas in Colbert event,” said organizers.
•Christmas in Comer is set for Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8. The highlight of the festivities will be the Christmas Parade that will begin on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas In Your Homeland.” The annual Reindeer Run/Walk, sponsored by the Madison County Recreation Department, will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Arnold Park. Required pre-registration can be easily accomplished by visiting the department’s web site at madcorec.com. The downtown festival will also begin Saturday at 8 a.m. in the area surrounding the gazebo. Vendors and crafters from the area will have booths set up for those that wish to shop for that special unique Christmas gift or purchase decorations of the season. The Christmas Tree Lighting, sponsored by local churches, is scheduled for Sunday evening, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. The downtown Cliff Yarbrough Memorial Park will be the location for this event and will feature choirs from local schools, churches and groups performing the songs of the season. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the program will be held in the Travel Museum. The numbers to call for more information are 706-783 4552 or 706-783-5678. A parade entry form is available at the Comer City Hall or online at www.cityofcomer.com.
•‘Breakfast with Santa’ at Camp Kiwanis: Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. “Camp Kiwanis invites you to join jolly ol’ Saint Nick himself, fireside at Franklin Hall for a breakfast like no other!” organizers said. For $10 per person, you can work in the Elves’ workshop for a take home craft and have a chat with Santa to share your holiday wish list. Photography ops will be available to all. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 706-795-2098 or www.tinyurl.com/CKBfastwithSanta
•Carlton Christmas Tree Trimming: Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4:30 p.m. The tree is located on Hwy. 72 in Carlton next to the water fountain. “Please come help us trim our tree, drink some cocoa and sing a few Christmas carols,” Carlton officials said. “Bring your kids and enjoy this holiday tradition.”
•“Christmas with Santa” — The Madison County Government Complex will hold “Christmas with Santa” on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The Madison County Government Complex would like to invite you to spend some time with us this holiday season,” officials said. “Each department will decorate its doors and offices for visitors to enjoy. Some departments may even be handing out yummy treats. We will have hot chocolate and cookies for everyone; as well as ornaments for the little ones to make. Best of all, Santa will be here to take pictures with all the children. As a gift from us, you will receive a 4x6-inch print of you and Mr. Claus.” All festivities will be held in the public meeting room inside the government complex.
•Santa Paws visits MOAS — The Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter, 1888 Colbert-Danielsville Road, will hold its largest holiday event of the year when Santa Paws comes to visit on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. “We’re excited to announce that this year we will again have our famous nativity display with live animals, including camels,” shelter officials said. Entry to the event is $5 per car with small additional fees for event participation, with all funds raised going directly back to helping save shelter animals, officials said. Bring your “fur kids” (and human ones, too) to have their picture taken with Santa Paws (photos are $5 each). A raffle will be held with a chance to win free tickets to Disney World. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the shelter from now until the drawing, which will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 14. There will also be a cake walk with delicious desserts, children’s crafts and more, shelter officials said.
•Christmas in Danielsville will be held in Madison County Memorial Park on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., according to Police Chief Jonathan Burnette. The event will include a tree lighting, pictures with Santa, a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog, Christmas music, train rides for children and other activities. Food will be provided by Danielsville Fire Department members. The event is free and open to the community, Burnette said. A rain date is set for Sunday, Dec. 15.
•The Booger Hill – Moon’s Grove Luminaries and Live Nativity will be held this year Saturday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. Motorists can begin their drive down Booger Hill Road and follow the route onto Moon’s Grove Church Road where residents along both roads will have their driveways lit with luminaries. A live nativity, complete with actors and live animals will be located at Moon’s Grove Baptist Church. The event is free.
•“Santa to visit library”: Saturday, Dec: 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Drop in for hot chocolate and bring your own camera for photo opportunities with Mr. Claus himself!” organizers said. There will also be a Santa letter-writing station and “Adopt-a-Santa” bears to raise money for the Friends of the Madison County Library. Additionally, MOAS Pets will be at the library with information on adoptable animals from the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter. This program is free and open to the public of all ages and abilities.
•The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is planning “Christmas with a Cop” to help provide needy children with a good Christmas. “Our goal is to be able to give 15 less fortunate children a minimum of $200 each to purchase gifts for their family and themselves,” said organizers. “Each child will be paired with one of our local law enforcement officers for a fun morning of shopping and an opportunity for them to build a positive relationship with their officer.” Organizers said they exceeded their goal last year. “We know this year with the help of our local businesses and our gracious citizens of Madison County, we can do that again,” officials said. A Christmas tree will again be placed in the lobby of the sheriff’s office. Any members who would like to make a donation to the “Christmas with a Cop” event can stop by the office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. An ornament will be placed on the tree as a symbol of your donation. Those who are unable to visit the sheriff’s office can mail donations to “Christmas with a Cop” c/o Madison County Sheriff’s Office, P.O. Box 65, Danielsville, Ga. 30633. “Regardless of how big or how small, every donation will help make a child’s Christmas brighter this year,” organizers said.