Christmas is coming for Green Street.
The annual event that ushers in the Christmas spirit to Gainesville is quickly approaching. Main Street Gainesville and will be hosting Christmas on Green Street this year on Dec. 8.
Christmas on Green Street
What: Downtown Gainesville’s magical Christmas event
When: 3-7:15 p.m. Dec. 8, with parade at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Green Street
How much: Free
The event is free, but food trucks will be setting up shop in the Pinnacle Bank parking lot at 3 p.m.
At 4:30 p.m. a parade will start at the Gainesville Civic Center and continue down Green Street. The parade will feature holiday floats, community groups, antique cars and marching bands.
Following the parade, Green Street will remain closed as the homes and businesses along the road stay open to tours from 4-7 p.m. There will be more than 20 musical groups performing on porches, and face painters, balloon artists, magicians and jugglers will roam the street.
The Times parking lot will host train rides for children, and the Gainesville Civic Center will have carriage rides.
The Civic Center lawn will have a petting zoo, and the kids area will be at the Gainesville Post Office.
Kids: Make sure to be on your best behavior because Santa Claus will also make an appearance.
At 7 p.m. the night will end with the lighting of the Rotary Tree at the intersection of Green Street and West Academy Street.
The event requires the participation of dozens of businesses along the historic stretch of Gainesville. This year, The Fudgery will again bring fudge makers from Missouri and Kentucky, according to The Fudgery CFO, Jennifer Wilson.
“We look forward to this event every year. We’re excited to see everyone coming out,” Wilson said.
The Fudgery will have a tent set up out front and anticipates giving out 3,000 to 4,000 samples.
First Baptist Gainesville will be giving out hot chocolate and cookies for those that come by.
Mellow Mushroom manager, Dustin Hudgins, expects to be busy throughout the night. They will have corn hole and light up sticks out front, he said.