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Douglasville, Douglas County usher in joy of the holiday season
by Bill Baldowski
December 06, 2013 10:12 AM | 1615 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Bill Baldowski<br>Jessica Miller, a Douglas County public defender’s office employee, arranges the ornaments on the Citizen’s Hall Christmas tree inside the Douglas County Courthouse.
Staff / Bill Baldowski
Jessica Miller, a Douglas County public defender’s office employee, arranges the ornaments on the Citizen’s Hall Christmas tree inside the Douglas County Courthouse.
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If one’s feeling about Christmas is the same as that of Ebenezer Scrooge of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” fame, he would have no place in Douglas County this season.

The county government is joining Douglasville in hosting a cornucopia of Christmas activities that are second to none in the metro Atlanta area, said Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan.

Tonight, Douglasville will host its Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

According to Douglasville Special Events Coordinator Josie White, the nighttime parade begins on Church Street and will be led by Santa Claus as the parade makes its way to the Douglasville Conference Center for holiday greetings and children’s photos with Santa.

After the parade, those taking part in it will join spectators for a live concert at O’Neal Plaza starting at 7:15 p.m.

Those attending can remain warm and cozy by enjoying free hot chocolate and Christmas music featuring the group RSVP Atlanta.

The festivities will conclude at 8:15 p.m. as Douglasville conducts its official Christmas tree lighting in O’Neal Plaza which will be highlighted by caroling from the Burnett Elementary School chorus.

“The annual lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree is a symbolic tradition to kick off the holidays,” said Douglasville Assistant City Manager Marcia Hampton.

“The city’s sparkling tree of lights towers over O’Neal Plaza’s fountain and will illuminate the square through the holidays.”

Some other events include:

- The Douglas Country Art Guild’s Annual Exhibit is now on display through Jan. 2 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Drive in Douglasville.

The display, which is on the third floor of the courthouse, contains the work of art guild members.

- The Cultural Arts Center’s annual student holiday card exhibit is set to open Thursday at 5 p.m. at the center, 8652 Campbellton St. The event, which is free and open to the public, will continue through Dec. 22.

- Lithia Springs United Methodist Church will conduct its drive-through Christmas pageant at the church at 3711 Temple St. this Friday through Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.,

The presentation is free and those viewing the pageant can view 11 different scenes from their own vehicle.

- A U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Fest is set for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fred’s Bar-B-Q House, 541 Thornton Road in Lithia Springs

Attendees are asked to bring new toys to donate to the Toys for Tots campaign. The event will feature race car simulators, public safety vehicles and more.

For more information, call (404) 897-6296.

- The Kiwanis Club of Douglas County is continuing its 16th year of another county tradition, the Kid’s Christmas Special.

Theresa Delahoy with the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County Foundation said the programs enables local needy children to Christmas shop with a local public safety officer so as to make the children’s Christmas this year extra special.

For more information, call (404) 862-8476 or email tdelahoy@gsgatl.org.

- Those who would like to remember loved ones and friends who have died since last Christmas are invited to participate in this Thursday’s annual Remembrance Service and tree lighting event at the Hightower Memorial Chapel, 7034 Broad St. in Douglasville.

Those who would like for a friend or loved one’s name to be announced as part of the service are asked to call (770) 489-2818.
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