Thousands of people packed the sidewalks of Green Street in downtown Gainesville on Sunday for the annual Christmas on Green Street event. Presented by the Hall County Historical Society, this event has become a holiday tradition for many.
The event kicked off with a parade including antique cars, followed by a tree lighting at the intersection of Green and Academy streets.
Among the parade participants were a number of local groups, while some dressed as Disney princesses, “Star Wars” characters and superheroes also walked down Green Street.
Spectators oohed and ahhed over performances by North Georgia Stars twirlers and Atlanta Freedom bands.
Several local businesses also had their doors open for visitors with refreshments and other family-friendly activities, and food trucks were part of the event as well.
Of course, Santa Claus was the star of the show.
“I have to make my rounds to visit all the children and then read their letters before Christmas,” Claus said.
Caleb Kersh, owner of local business C. Kersh Photography, and his wife Shea are regular visitors for the event.
“I think we’ve been coming to this event for five or six years. I don’t even remember at this point. We always come,” Caleb Kersh said. “I brought my camera with me today. Green Street has so many historical houses, and to see them decked out for Christmas with the parade makes for some cool pictures.”
“Christmas is such a happy holiday,” added Shea Kersh. “Everyone is always in such high spirits, and you see that almost everywhere you go this time of year.”
Among the many children at the event was 10-year-old Javon Hollis.
“My favorite part about Christmas is the presents. ... Just kidding!” he joked. “I like Christmas because it brings people together and you get to spend time as a family.”