Grovetown and Harlem will begin celebrating the Christmas season this weekend.
Grovetown will hold its annual tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Robinson Avenue and Old Wrightsboro Road. Holiday decorations will light up the Grovetown Senior Center, Friendship Park and the Grovetown Museum.
The Grovetown Elementary School chorus will perform a holiday skit.
“It is going to be very entertaining,” said Vicky Capetillo, an event organizer.
Hot chocolate and cookies also will be available.
“Santa will stay and take pictures (with children),” said city Events Coordinator Jennifer Evans.
New, unwrapped toys will be collected for Toys for Tots.
The city’s 38th annual Christmas parade will wind down Robinson Avenue Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade begins at noon, but will run in the opposite direction from previous years.
“Summerfield wasn’t big enough” to stage the parade, Evans said. “We were running out of room.”
Close to 70 entries will line up on Trudeau Trail at Grovetown Middle School. The parade will move along Harlem-Grovetown Road to Robinson Avenue and end at Summerfield subdivision.
Harlem will show its holiday spirit a week later. The city will hold its annual tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in front of City Hall on North Louisville Street.
The ceremony will include performances from area school choirs and include free hot chocolate and popcorn. Santa also will be there for photos.
The city’s annual Christmas in the Heart of Downtown Harlem festival will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Food and arts and crafts vendors will be available and local shops will be open, said City Manager Jason Rizner.
The Christmas parade will start at 11 a.m. and go from Harlem City Park, along West Milledgeville Road, North Louisville Street and West Forrest Street to Harlem Middle School.