The 13th annual Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration will officially begin tonight with the festive parade at 5 p.m. followed by the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Veterans Memorial Park downtown.
This year’s theme is a “Red, White and Blue Christmas,” in honor of those who serve and protect our country.
The parade route begins at Second and Magnolia, then travels east on Second Street, left on Main Street and ends at the corner of Eighth and Love Avenue. Check-in is at 3 p.m. at Third and Magnolia.
The parade will once again include marching bands, walking units, floats, cars, trucks and performing groups to charm the audience while cheering on Tifton Mayor Jamie Cater, who will serve as the Grand Marshal, and the anticipated arrival of Santa Claus. Immediately following the parade, visit downtown for free carnival rides, entertainment, and fun and fellowship.
Also, take the free University of Georgia Candy Cane Express to the Festival of Lights at Fulwood Park.
Other fun events will also be going on during the day, such as the Tifton Rotary Club Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center. Get your photo made with Santa. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children. The Kiwanis Club Hometown Holiday 5K run and one mile run/walk is at 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Kiwanis-sponsored youth charities. The race starts and ends at the corner of Eighth and Forrest Street. The Court Appointed Special Advocate Association playhouses drawing is at 7:30 p.m. at the courthouse.
To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.