Valdosta Daily Times

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November 24, 2012

City gets into Christmas spirit

-- — While fewer vendors have changed some of the activities planned for Downtown Valdosta’s Winterfest, there is still plenty of Christmas and holiday activities planned for the coming week.

With fewer vendors, Valdosta Main Street will focus more on Downtown Valdosta businesses while still providing plenty of Christmas cheer on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Winterfest will include breakfasts with Santa, a bazaar and bake sale, the Converse-Dalton-Ferrell House open house, the Camellia Show, Santa visits in the historic Lowndes County Courthouse Square, an afternoon Winterfest 5K, a Gingerbread Players of Theatre Guild Valdosta holiday play, all concluding with the Greater Valdosta Community Christmas Parade starting at 5 p.m. running from Woodrow Wilson Drive down North Patterson Street to downtown.

See today’s edition for more details on these events.

Dance Arts presents performances of its 40th production of “The Nutcracker” next weekend. Since the early 1970s, Linda Chase of Dance Arts has presented her choreographic vision of Tchaikovsky’s famed Christmas ballet.

Dance Arts has presented this holiday treat every year since 1972, with one exception when Mathis City Auditorium was undergoing renovations. For the third year, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra partners with Dance Arts to present composer Ptior Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music live.

On Sunday, Dec. 2, Valdosta State University choirs present the annual Candlelight Concerts, 3, 5 and 7 p.m., on campus.

Other groups ensure that Valdosta and Lowndes County do not celebrate all of its Christmas shows on one date.

Trinity Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, St. John Catholic Church, Christ Episcopal Church, etc., present Handel’s “Messiah,” 4 p.m. today, St. John Catholic Church, 800 Gornto Road. Admission: Free, though donations will be accepted to benefit Lowndes Associated Ministries to People.

In the coming weeks, The Crescent hosts its Christmas open house on the second weekend of the month. Valdosta Choral Guild also presents its annual concerts on the second weekend of December at the Valdosta High School Performing Arts Center.

So, there are plenty of talented folks wanting to help the community celebrate the holidays in the coming weeks. All you have to do is show up with a little Christmas spirit.

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