Christmas activities, including the annual mayoral tree lighting, Santa visits, children’s fair and community Thanksgiving service will kick-off Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Jess Lucas Park.
At 5:30 p.m., the Santa visits and the children fair will commence, including arts and crafts, games with elves, music and hot cocoa.
The community Thanksgiving service begins after the fair at 7 p.m., which will be at Hapeville First United Methodist Church, 3510 Atlanta Ave.
Event coordinator Allie O’Brien said the service tends to be a special community event.
“We partner with the community churches and they rotate who hosts it,” she said. “It draws a varied crowd, and various community choirs get together and sing at the service.”
The service is a non-denominational service and will last about an hour.
Ending the evening at 8 p.m. is the annual mayoral Christmas tree lighting.
Hapeville’s tree for the celebration is close to 30 feet tall.
“We added a few feet to it last year,” said O’Brien. “It was 26 feet high.”
Residents will be able to sip on hot cocoa during the lighting, which will be followed by Santa’s procession into the area and singing of Christmas songs.
O’Brien said events like the holiday activities in Hapeville are important for the city because they will get the residents out to enjoy new improvements.
“The city has put a lot of effort into the design and visible improvements of downtown, as far as streetscaping and various other things,” she said. “The holiday décor also enhances the downtown area.”
In addition to the lights on the community tree, other lighted decorations will be dispersed throughout the city, including ‘Season’s Greetings’ markers on lampposts, illuminated, stationary deer and sparkling snowflakes.
Attendance is expected to remain around the 300 level, as in past years, at least that many children attended the children’s fair.
O’Brien also said the events are a time for community fellowship.
“It is a fun way for the community to get together before Thanksgiving and for us to showcase our park,” she said.
The tree, once lit for the first time, will be on displays in the evenings throughout the holiday season.
All of the events will be free of charge for all residents.
Jess Lucas Park is at 680 S. Central Ave. in Hapeville.