Santa will make his first appearance in this area Friday night at the Nicholson library and also at the Pendergrass depot.
He’s scheduled to visit with children and to have his photo taken by parents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Harold S. Swindle Library off Hwy. 441 next to Benton Elementary School.
Santa will also be in town Saturday evening at the Nicholson Christmas tree lighting planned for 6:30 p.m. at the amphitheater located behind city hall. The evening will include music and hot chocolate will be served.
Pendergrass will host a photo session with Santa at the town depot 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.
Families, children and pets are welcome. There is no sitting fee, and each participant will receive one free photo.
The City of Jefferson will host its downtown Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m.
Local musician Corey Smith will serve as grand marshal of the parade, and then will hold a concert at 8 p.m. at the Jefferson High School performing arts center with proceeds to benefit JHS, the Jefferson police department and Better Hometown Jefferson. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The annual Better Hometown Tour of Homes will be held on historic Martin Street from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. The tour begins at the Jefferson Civic Center and will include Jefferson First United Methodist Church, the Niblack House, Davis House, Stanton House and Bertran House.
A day of activities downtown on Saturday and a parade on Sunday will usher the Christmas season into Commerce.
Hometown Holidays will comprise Breakfast with Santa, the Secret Santa Workshop and the Hometown Holidays Hot Rod and Antique Car Show on Saturday.
The event leads with Breakfast With Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. at Stonewall’s BBQ, South Broad Street.
From noon to 3 p.m., the DDA and the Pilot Club of Commerce will hold the Secret Santa Workshop for children ages 5 to 12 at the Commerce School of Dance building on North Broad Street.
Concurrent with the Secret Santa Workshop, the Hometown Holidays Hot Rod and Antique Car Show will take place on South Broad and South Elm streets, including the off-street parking lot near Spencer Park by the railroad tracks.
The Christmas Parade will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. The theme is “Christmas Carols Come Alive,” and the event is sponsored by the Commerce Area Business Association.
The Maysville Community Club will hold Christmas in the Park Saturday evening at dusk, with Santa on hand for photos from 4 to 8 p.m.
The annual event includes booths, entertainment, Santa on his sleigh, a hayride and refreshments. Keith Davis will play Christmas carols on his Native American flute.
A Christmas Tour of Homes will be held in Maysville from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Organizers hope the tour will again include six or seven homes. The tour will start at the public library, and $15 tickets will be available there the day of the tour, as well as at local businesses in advance.
The Hoschton Women’s Civic Club will host its annual “Santa at the Depot” on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Santa will be available for photos taken at no charge, and will give gifts for every child who visits.
The event will be held at the Hoschton Depot, located on Ga. Hwy. 53. The Christmas committee of the Hoschton Women’s Civic Club is sponsoring the event.