White Lighting

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Every year everyone gathers in historic downtown St Marys, Georgia, for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event begins around dusk. The historic downtown area is already decorated for the holidays, with lots of twinkling white lights and reefs. If you live in the Camden County area, you’ll spend most of your time talking to neighbors and friends, while your kids will spend most of their time running around having fun. This is part of the annual tradition I think. The Market on the Square probably sells more hot chocolate on this particular day of the year than any other day. Hot chocolate also seems to be part of the tradition. Everyone in Camden comes downtown for the White Lighting, so it’s a great time to catch up with old friends.

The events begins with a parade starting from the old paper mill. The parade slowly proceeds down the holiday decorated main street – Osborne Street. And when I say slowly, I mean slowly, it can take them a good 20 minutes for the parade to make it all the way downtown, so you might need a refill on that chocolate. While you wait for Santa’s arrival there are also dance and music performances on stage.

And finally, when Mr and Mrs Santa make it downtown, the City Christmas Tree is lit. Afterwards young kids get the opportunity to tell Santa himself what they want for Christmas. This too, is part of the tradition.

So bring your whole gang to downtown St Marys on November 29, 2011 for the White Lighting. There is simply no better way to get into the holiday spirit!
For more information, please call 912-882-4000.

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