Valdosta Daily Times

December 4, 2013

A weekend to inspire the Christmas spirit

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — If you don’t already know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, you likely will by the end of this weekend.

Christmas events are planned throughout South Georgia later this week. The list of Christmas traditions run from Christmas parades rolling through various downtowns to the annual Dance Arts’ “Nutcracker” joined again by the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra playing the familiar Tchaikovsky music to the Garden Center adopting a musical Christmas carols theme for its annual holiday open house at The Crescent to the Valdosta State University Spotlighters’ “Cool Yule” concert.

Some of these Christmas events are open for a few days throughout the weekend. Others start first thing Saturday morning and last late into Saturday evening. (See a list in today’s paper for more Christmas events for Valdosta and the surrounding towns.)

The first weekend of December is always busy with Christmas events, but organizations have also come to realize there are more weekends between the first one and Christmas.

In years past, every group held Christmas events on the first weekend, but as busy as this coming weekend will be, some other groups now offer their events later in the season.

Valdosta Choral Guild’s concert is closer to the Christmas date, for example.

But if you wish to start your holiday celebrations with a bang, then this Saturday should get you in the Christmas spirit.