TIFTON — Tifton has cancelled its annual holiday plans.
The festival committee of Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration announced that the annual Christmas festival and parade, scheduled to take place Dec. 5 in Downtown Tifton, has been canceled due to the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from the committee.
The release states the decision to cancel the festival came after careful thought and consideration of the safety of attendees, staff, vendors, sponsors and entertainers.
“We recognize that Hometown Holiday is a beloved holiday tradition in Downtown Tifton, and while this was not an easy decision to make, we believe it is the right one,” said Abbey McLaren, director of the Downtown Development Authority. “Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration will return next year on Dec. 4, 2021, with gusto, so please mark your calendars.”
McLaren said there will be a Christmas celebration downtown, just not the typical large-scale event.
She said the committee has been brainstorming possible ideas for holiday activities that will help get people into the spirit while allowing for the constraints of the pandemic.
“We are asking folks to stay tuned to the good things coming,” she said.
This year’s event would have marked the 22nd anniversary, and the event takes place annually on the first Saturday of December.