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Family fun, history in store at Christmas on Green Street
Every year in Gainesville, one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares is shut down for the annual Victorian-themed Chistmas on Green Street.

Christmas on Green Street
When: 4:45-7:15 p.m. Dec. 6
Where: Green Street from Gainesville Civic Center to The Times
Cost: Free
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There is nothing quite like Christmas on Green Street to bring out the nostalgic feeling of the holidays.

The annual event on Sunday, Dec. 6, in Gainesville, includes a parade, narrated history of the street’s stately homes, live music, fudge tasting, live nativity and carriage and train rides.

Festivities begin with the parade at 4:45 p.m. and ends with the 7 p.m. lighting of the Christmas tree where Green Street meets Academy Street.

The parade includes Santa Claus on a fire truck, wise men, floats and antique cars. It starts at the Gainesville Civic Center and travels down Green Street.

The road is closed 4-7:30 p.m. to allow for the parade and pedestrians.

“We want people to stroll the streets and be a part of the 3,000 or 4,000 people that visit  Christmas on Green Street annually,” said Martha Norton Hodge of the Hall County Historical Society.

Historic homes and other buildings on Green Street will be open for visitors. Volunteers will share the history of the homes while dressed in clothing appropriate to the era the homes were built.

“I think the significance, and why we got involved is the historic homes,” Hodge said. “History is important, and it’s almost the way it used to be in the 1800s, because a lot of these houses are a hundred years old.”

Other entertainment during the night will include a juggler, magic shows and do-it-yourself Christmas ornaments for children at the Quinlan Performing Arts Center. Visits with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be at The Norton Agency.

The Gainesville Civic Center will serve free hot chocolate and hot cider and have cookie decorating for children. Families may take photos in the Christmas village with a sleigh, airplane and fire pit or watch the parade from the front lawn.

Church and school choirs will perform traditional hymns and upbeat renditions of holiday favorites at many of the homes.

The Times will have a miniature train running in the parking lot for children, while inside, families and friends can take silly pictures at the photo booth and watch the press run through viewing windows.

“Our Good Times Photo Booth that captured whimsical holiday images of people will be back as will Letters to Santa,” Times publisher Charlotte Atkins said. “Plus this year, the holiday train will be giving rides in The Times parking lot. So we have all kinds of fun activities for the whole family.”

The Fudgery, next door to The Times, will make fudge in big copper kettles and give away free samples.

Next door to the Fudgery there will be an Irish band, and face painters will be on the front door step.

Parking is available behind the houses on parallel streets and on side streets on the west side of Green Street. The Hall County Board of Education Building and Independence Bank of Georgia off Green Street as well as Regions Bank and SunTrust Bank off E.E. Butler have parking spaces available.