Tis the season in Milledgeville.
This weekend will have you in the Holiday spirit, from Christmas Carols to shopping sales and the arrival of Santa, we will surely leave you humming jingle bells.
1. Tonight, Friday December 4 is First Friday: Holiday Weekend Downtown! Fun and excitement for the whole community in downtown Milledgeville on each First Friday of the month from 5 -9 pm! Participating First Fridays merchants, restaurants, cultural venues and nightlife hotspots stay open late, present special events, and offer discounts on the first Friday of every month making downtown Milledgeville an ideal destination for an evening out. Hop aboard the Jolly Trolley at the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for a ride to the Rotary Club Holiday Lights Around the Pecan Grove on the campus of Central State Hospital.
More Information: (478) 414-4014 or visit http://www.milledgevillemainstreet.com/
2. After you have shopped til you are ready to drop, Georgia College Department of Music is presenting their Holiday Concert at Russell Auditorium. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on December 4, the tunes of the season will fill your ears and hearts. General Audience admission is $10 while Senior Citizens, GC Faculty and Staff is $7. Students are always free.
More Information: (478) 445-8289 or visit http://www.gcsu.edu/sites/files/page-assets/node-103/attachments/2015_16_music_season_brochure.pdf.
3. Four Milledgeville garden clubs have decorated Rose Hill at Lockerly Arboretum with fresh greenery from the Arboretum, and the tree has been decorated by members of the Education Program. Rose Hill is decorated for the Lockerly Holiday Open House with special guided tours on Saturday, December 5th. The public is invited to come see the historic mansion dressed in her holiday finery from the gardens. There will be docent-led tours from 10 am-2 pm. You may leave with new ideas on how you can use cuttings from your own yard to decorate for the holidays.
More Information: (478) 452-2112 or visit http://lockerly.org/.
4. Santa arrives in Milledgeville on Saturday, December 5 aboard the Annual Christmas Parade! New this year, the parade will begin at 6 p.m. Come out at hear the sounds of the season, local bands and floats covered in lights. The parade route travels on Main Street, offering the ease of a warm cup of hot cocoa from Blackbird Coffee or some Christmas shopping from our merchants. (Tip: Santa Claus will be available for pictures from 2 pm-5 pm in the city lot next to the Post Office. Special vendors will have favorites from candy apples and cotton candy to funnel cake. Pictures are $5 and proceeds go directly to support Exchange Club programs toward their mission of ending child abuse)
More Information: Visit https://www.facebook.com/Milledgeville-Exchange-Club-459770714063112/.
Out of town this weekend? Cannot make these festivities? Don’t worry, the excitement isn’t over. Upcoming and ongoing events include:
Antebellum Christmas at the Mansion runs through December 23. The Old Governor’s Mansion will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland. Take a step back in time and see how the elite of Georgia celebrated this holiday. Recurring weekly (closed on Monday’s) Tuesday -Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday’s from 2 pm – 4 pm. Tours are held on the hour. Candlelight Tours will also take place December 5, 12, and 17th at 6 & 7 pm. Admission: $10 per person, $7 seniors & pre-booked tours, $2 students
More Information: (478) 445-4545 or visit http://www.gcsu.edu/mansion.
It’s a tradition, Georgia College presents the 19th Annual Nutcracker Ballet. To be held December 11 & 12 at 7 pm, and December 13 at 2 pm in Russell Auditorium on the Georgia College campus.
More Information: (478) 445-4226 or visit http://www.gcsu.edu/sites/files/page-assets/node-338/attachments/2015-16_theatre_brochure_version_2.pdf
Granddaughter of legendary Maria & Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired “The Sound of Music”, Elisabeth von Trapp performs not only classic carols, but also music ranging from Bach and Handel to jazz and Broadway. She has a style all her own, but with unmistakable ties to her family lineage. Hers is a voice that critics have called “hauntingly clear.” (New York Times) Georgia Military College presents Sounds of the Holidays — Elizabeth von Trapp & The Carolian Brass Quintet on December 17 at 7 pm at the Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts.
More Information: (478) 445-0208 or visit http://alumni.gmc.edu/.
Jingle Bells will be jingling all the way to Milledgeville through December 25.