Along with the forest of Nativity scenes over on Riverside Drive, Gainesville and North Georgia are filling up with Christmas events to hit between now and the holiday.
Gainesville’s celebration of Green Street and the Christmas season is only nine days away. The evening of parades, food trucks, music, face painters, storytellers, jugglers and — of course — Santa Claus starts at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2.
The parade launches the event, which stretches most of Green Street and includes many open houses from the businesses along the street. It’s organized for the first time this year by Main Street Gainesville, which is handling the event in place of longtime organizer Hall County Historical Society.
If you’re attending the event, keep an eye out for the miniature train and carriages. The tree lighting at the corner of Green and Academy streets is set for 7 p.m.
Not quite finished with your Christmas shopping? Get your hands on something local at the Christmas Market at the North Hall Community Center next week.
The third-annual market includes more than 50 vendors from around North Georgia and Hall County, including:
Beady Vine, BTC Custom Designs, Cake-Cake, Cali Boutique Bus, CatC Brand Purses & Other, Fabric Creations, Crafts by Wanda, Crazy Mule Woodturners, First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, Garments & Gifts, Gibbs Clan Curiosities, Jan Eustis “Pampered Chef,” Jane’s Junkin’ Jar, Jewelry Junkie-Plunder Design, Julie Wilcox – Jamberry, Lula Lane Designs, Lynda Pollard, Mama’s Corner, Mary Kay, MiMi’s Charming Treasures, Perfectly Posh & Mouse Tales Travel, Ranch Rhythm Rags, Renewal by Andersen, Rosslyn’s Rarities, SassaFrass Treasures, Southern E-Scentuals, Susan Crowe, Trudy Hamby, TSS Photography and Young Living.
Catch these vendors and more on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1. Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday, according to Hall County Parks and Leisure.
The event will be a bit tighter this year, according to organizer Michele Parden, because Hall County basketball games will be going on at the same time as the market.
At Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, students and faculty from the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus are coming together for the school’s first holiday Christmas concert.
It will be a massive concert, including the UNG Chorale from the Gainesville Campus from the Gainesville campus, and, from the Dahlonega campus, Le Belle Voci, UNG Singers and the Patriot Choir, according to an announcement from UNG.
Along with singers, the UNG brass ensemble and a few faculty members are performing at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1.
"We are hopeful to get audience members from UNG and the community to attend," said Will Gotmer, a UNG faculty member and the organist at Grace Episcopal. "And there will be hymns that everybody can sing."