The turkey has been eaten and holiday tunes are being played on the radio, which can only mean one thing — Christmas is in the air. To celebrate the holiday season, South Georgia will host a variety of Christmas-themed events.
Below is a list, by date, of the events being held this month:
— Every Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. or Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Santa Claus will be at the Valdosta Mall and available to take pictures. Santa will be located in the Sears wing.
— Every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The Valdosta Mall will host their holiday “Movie on the Plaza” event. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the classic holiday movies. For a full list of titles, please visit www.shopvaldostamall.com
— 5:30 p.m. Lowndes County tree lighting will be held on the historical Courthouse lawn. Santa will attend to help light the tree and will be available for photographs following the tree lighting.
— 5:30 p.m. Valdosta City will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the front lawn of City Hall. Santa Claus will help the mayor light the tree during the event. This year’s ceremony will again feature the children from the Moody Air Force Base Youth Programs singing some holiday favorites. The children will also present handcrafted ornaments to pay tribute to our deployed military and will use these special ornaments to decorate the tree located inside the City Hall foyer immediately following the tree lighting ceremony. Spouses of deployed military personnel are invited to attend as the mayor’s personal guests, and event participants may sign greeting cards at the event that will be mailed to deployed military personnel in time for the Christmas holiday. Hot cocoa and hot apple cider and other light refreshments will be provided by the Valdosta Main Street office following the lighting ceremony.