Holiday parades and events planned for area

Glascock County kicked off Christmas holiday celebrations and activities Saturday, Nov. 25, in Gibson with the county’s festival. Usually an annual event, there was not one last year.
“The Glascock Christmas parade and holiday event could not have gone any better,” said Amanda Wilcher Chalker, the festival organizer. 
“The citizens of Glascock were excited to be having a parade after not having one last year. We had the parade, vendors and music,” she said.
“Just having an event in our community brings excitement. The children all enjoyed getting a treat bag from Santa,” she said and added that the county’s Senior Center decorated and stuffed the bags with candy and coloring activities. “Nothing but positive comments have been all over social media,” Chalker said.
No festival was held last year.
People have already started talking about next year’s festival, Chalker said; although, no date has been set yet.
Chalker said she has learned at least one thing.
“Always have a backup plan in case last minute emergencies arise,” she said. “Hopefully next time more singers can be scheduled to share their talents with everyone throughout the entire event.”
Events in Jefferson County start with two tree lightings Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. One is in Wadley; and, the other is in Louisville.
Wrens will hold its tree lighting Friday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m.
Parades in the county begin Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. in Wadley and at 2:30 p.m. in Wrens.
The Louisville Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m.
Louisville’s annual Bustlin’ on Broad begins Thursday, Nov. 30, and is held each subsequent Thursday through Dec. 21.
Participating businesses on Broad Street will stay open later than usual to allow more hours for shoppers. There will also be entertainment. On Nov. 30, entertainment will be Louisville Academy Chorus, TJA Singing and JCHS Drum Line.
On Dec. 7, First Baptist Church Children’s Choir, LUMC Children’s Choir and SDE Dancers will perform.
On Dec. 14, there will be a Gingerbread House Contest at The Gatherings. Entertainment will be provided by Mennonite Youth Choir and Benny Brinson Gospel Choir.
On Dec. 21, St. Matthews Praise Dancers, Take Ten and SDE Dancers will perform.
The Louisville Garden Club will present a program, “The Art of the Nativity Around the World,” from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.
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The Schoolhouse Players in Bartow will perform the play, “Madeline’s Christmas,” during December at the Bartow Community Club. For more information, visit www.theschoolhouseplayers.org or call 478-364-3340.
Take Ten will hold a Jingle All the Way 5k and Fun Run Saturday, Dec. 9, at 8 a.m. at Jefferson Hospital in Louisville. Funds benefit Ferst Foundation of Jefferson County. 
Applications are available at downtown businesses in Louisville or online at https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/Louisville/JingleAllTheWay5KandFunRun.
“I encourage everyone to participate in one of the many Christmas activities scheduled this year in Jefferson County,” said Amy Howard, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce president. 
“There are parades, tree lightings, Bustlin’ on Broad, a community theatre production, a 5K and so much more. What a wonderful way to showcase our county. Be involved in our holiday kick-off. With so much activity, there’s definitely something for everyone,” Howard said.