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Go back in time along Green Street
Visitors to Christmas on Green Street leave the Norton Agency's open house during last year's event.

Christmas on Green Street

Featuring: Storytellers, carriage rides, face painting and carolers

When: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Along Green Street and on the downtown Gainesville square

How much: Varies; Green Street events free

More info: 770-503-1319

Every home along Green Street in Gainesville has its own unique history, whether it be about the interesting families who lived there or happenings within the homes' walls.

And Christmastime is the perfect time of year for the homes to get dressed up in twinkling lights and share their warmth and stories, during the annual Christmas on Green Street event.

This year, the festivities start at 5 p.m. Sunday with a parade of antique cars down Green Street, starting at the Green Street Pool, leading to the Rotary Christmas tree and back. Starting at 5:15, there will be carolers, face painting, jugglers and strolling musicians, among other attractions, along Green Street.

Homes will be decorated and open until 7:30, and members of the Gainesville Newcomers Club will be dressed in period clothes to tell stories of the different homes.

The event is organized by the Hall County Historical Society.

The costumes are handmade in the fashion of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, according to members of the Newcomers Club, and represent the times when the homes were built. The Newcomers Club has been involved as docents for the event for at least five years, said member Lynne Whalen, because it's a good way to learn more about the community.

The Newcomers Club "wanted something that was more involved with Gainesville and thought doing something with the Historical Society was something we wanted to do," said Whalen, co-chairwoman of the Christmas on Green Street committee for the Newcomers Club. "And we have involved many members over the years."

There are about 20 members who volunteer to tell stories of the homes, she said.

"I do find that a lot of the women who do Christmas on Green Street are relatively new members and they just think it's a wonderful opportunity to do something in the community."