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Jingle Mingle will again fill Gainesville's square
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Santa asks Ansley Waldrop, left, 4, and sister Skye, 2, what they want for Christmas last year's annual Jingle Mingle on the square in Gainesville.

It may only be November, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in some parts of Gainesville.

The merchants around the downtown square are all gearing up for the annual Jingle Mingle, presented by Main Street Gainesville and the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

The event, from 5-8 Nov. 15, will include lots of holiday treats, food, drinks and extended shopping hours. Each downtown shop will offer special discounts or activities for children and refreshments.

Groups will be caroling around the square and the Believers Concert Band from Gainesville First United Methodist Church will be performing in the Main Street Market. Brian Ulrich will be playing live at Frames You-Nique, where everyone is asked to stop and register for the Mingle.

And at 7 p.m., everyone will gather for the official lighting of the Christmas Chicken on top of Main Street Market.

Other traditions like rides on the kiddie train and the Mingle with Kringle photo opportunity with Santa will also be available this year.

For $10, parents will be able to purchase a disc with pictures of their child with Santa.

If you miss the photo opportunity today, Mingle with Kringle will continue inside Main Street Market, 118 Main St. in Gainesville, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8.

Also, the 17th series of the Gainesville ornament will be available for purchase.

Although there’s no charge to attend, visitors are encouraged to stop in Frames You-Nique, 104 Main St., and make a suggested $1 donation for Meals on Wheels or bring a toy or canned good for LifeLine Mission at the Hair Shack.

For a complete schedule, visit www.facebook.com/Historic.Downtown.Gainesville.