Valdosta Daily Times

November 30, 2012

Holiday Open House offers winter fun

Downtown ready for festival, parade

Jason Schaefer
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — There won’t be any arts and crafts vendors out on the storefronts this year, but the Downtown Holiday Open House and Festival still promises a holiday experience for the whole family.

Valdosta Main Street will continue its tradition of Christmas fun to officially open the holiday season Saturday, with shopping and photo opportunities throughout the day.

The events start at Bas Bleu for Breakfast with Santa. The restaurant will host a pancake breakfast for children and families beginning with the first round of seating at 8:30 a.m. Additional seating is available at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. time slots. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Residents can call Bleu Cafe at (229) 244-2248 to make reservations, but walk-ins are welcome.

Visits with Santa will begin on the Lowndes County Courthouse lawn at 11 a.m., where children can share their Christmas wishes with the jolly old elf and have their picture taken. Santa will be available throughout the day.

The First United Methodist Church on the corner of Valley Street and Patterson Street, will hold their Camellia show, put on by the Valdosta Camellia and Garden Club, from 1 to 6 p.m. Judging will occur in the morning, but the public is welcome to view the entrants and winners throughout the afternoon.

At the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Patterson and Magnolia streets, the Bazaar and Bake Sale will offer crafts, cakes and baked goods from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The baked goods are prepared by church affiliates. The historic Converse Dalton Ferrell House, the headquarters of the Junior Service League and typically closed to the public, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other downtown businesses will open their doors to the public as well throughout the day, offering Christmas shopping opportunities unique to Valdosta.

The Dosta Theater will hold a special matinee performance of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at 2:30 p.m. The WinterFest 5K run to benefit the Toys for Tots program will start at 4 p.m. Entry for runners on race day is $25, and registration begins at 3 p.m. The race will proceed along the parade route.

The events downtown will end with the annual Christmas parade beginning at 5 p.m. The parade, featuring about 100 floats, will begin at Woodrow Wilson Drive and proceed south along Patterson Street until it reaches Bank of America.

First, second and third-place winning floats will be announced at the Dec. 13 City Council meeting. Proceeds from the float entry fees go to charity.