Christmas fun in three cities this weekend

  • These toy soldiers guard the park behind the Cornelia Community House as the city prepares for Christmas in the Park over the next three days.
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   In Cornelia, families will be able to attend Christmas in the Park at Cornelia Community House from Thursday through Saturday. Hours vary, but there will be hayrides, holiday market, snow play, photos with Santa and more.
   The lights have been up for a while, forming a festive maze of Christmas wonder through the park. Children will get to enjoy the full experience here at the end of the week as Christmas is mere days away.
   The Habersham County Christmas Parade will take place in the City of Baldwin this year at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. The city will then host its annual Christmas tree lighting immediately after the parade in Mitchell Gailey Memorial City Park at 155 Willingham Avenue in Baldwin.
   Shortly after the parade, “A Downtown Clarkesville Christmas” is slated for Saturday, Dec. 14, from 6-8 p.m. 
   “Downtown is decked out and ready for the lighting of the tree! The lights have all been strung, the wreaths are up and the windows are dressed in their Christmas best! The stores are stocked and staying open late to make your shopping a breeze,” a release by the city of Clarkesville reads.
   The fun starts at 6 p.m. with a performance by Challenger Music students followed by the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. by the Mayor. 
   North Habersham's youth jazz band will take the stage following the lighting. The Kiwanis tent will have roasted marshmallows and hot cocoa. Wood's Mercantile will have Christmas stories throughout the night and will also be providing a Christmas take-home craft.
   Jolly Old Saint Nick himself will be on hand to take photos with the kids and hear their last-minute requests.
   “Guess who is coming to town? No, not your relatives, this is someone you are actually happy to see,” the release from Clarkesville said. “It's Santa and he will be in Downtown Clarkesville this Saturday night. He is going to slow down long enough to take a few photos with all the good little girls and boys.”
   Santa Claus will be at the Gazebo from 6-8 p.m.