Clarkesville Christmas promises storybook experience


This Saturday, scenes from treasured Christmas stories will come to life in Downtown Clarkesville during “A Storybook Christmas,” presented by the City of Clarkesville and Clarkesville Main Street. Beloved characters from stories old and new will fill the streets in the annual county Christmas parade kicking off the evening at 5pm.  Expect to see Santa himself, the Grinch, Cousin Eddie, Polar Express passengers, Elf on the Shelf and more along the parade route!

Saturday night’s activities will kick off at 5 p.m. with the parade and continue until 8 p.m. The community Christmas tree will be lit for the season in a short ceremony at 6 p.m. at the gazebo by the old courthouse.

Throughout the evening live entertainment including carolers, dancers, and musicians, will perform on the stage by the tree. Hot cocoa and cider will be available for purchase, and there will be a bonfire with marshmallow/S’mores roasting.  Santa will be at the gazebo for free photos, and Windows at Woods theatrical performance is set to entertain crowds at 6:30pm.

If you are looking for those perfect Christmas gifts, many downtown merchants are extending their hours and offering specials on a variety of goods, including art, jewelry, clothing, home décor and much more!

This is a cherished tradition that celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and the magic of our downtown,” Mary Beth Horton, Clarkesville Main Street manager said.  “It’s an opportunity to bring the community together in a special way, and we are grateful for the sponsors and volunteers that make this event possible each year.”

Schedule of Activities

6:00            Santa’s arrival, Lighting of the Tree

6:05-6:30  Kip’s Crew Elementary Chorus

6:30            Parade Winners announced

6:30-7:00  Baldwin Elementary Chorus

6:30-7:15   Windows at Woods Live Theatrical performance

7:00-8:00  Shady Grove Baptist Church Choir

8:00             Event concludes

Ongoing:  FREE Santa photos in the Gazebo, Hot Cocoa & Cider, bonfire with s’mores, Christmas music throughout the square, extended shopping hours

The community is encouraged to come out for this unique evening “under the thousands of twinkling lights in downtown Clarkesville.”

For more information, contact Clarkesville Main Street at 706-754-2220, visit or find City of Clarkesville on Facebook.

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