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Greet the season with Christmas on Green Street
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Santa Claus waves to the crowd while riding atop of a fire truck belonging to the Gainesville Fire Department during last year's annual Christmas on Green Street parade.

Christmas on Green Street

When: 5-7:15 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: Green Street from Civic Center to Academy Street

How much: Free; $2 carriage rides

More info: HCHSgeorgia@aol.com, 770 503-1319, hallcountyhistoricalsociety.org, Hall County Historical Society Facebook page

Gainesville’s historic avenue again will light up in festive displays Sunday, Dec. 2, for the 12th annual Christmas on Green Street holiday event.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a procession of antique cars down Green Street, which is lined with luminaries. Church and school groups will perform holiday music from the porches of homes along the route, and some houses will be open to visitors. Members of the Gainesville Newcomers Club will don period Victorian costumes while relating the histories of the homes.

This year, the Georgia State Patrol will have a unit in the procession taking donations of toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Also new this year will be several Christmas floats in the procession. Entertainment will be provided by a magician, storyteller, face painter, balloon artist and juggler, with the parade highlighted by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Rotary Christmas Tree lighting is set for 6:30 p.m.

A miniature train ride is offered, along with carriage ride for $2 per person (limit $10 per family).

In addition, the Quinlan Visual Arts Center at 514 Green St. will hold a Children’s Holiday Arty Party from 5:30-7 p.m. Children ages 5 to 14 will be able to make a decoration to take home, with the center’s galleries and gift shop open to all.

Green Street will be closed from 4-8 p.m. for the event.

The event is free. More more information, call 770-536-2575 or visit www.quinlanartscenter.org.