Thomson is throwing a Christmas party Dec. 3 - 5, and everyone is invited.
The annual Festival off Main, based at the Thomson Depot, will offer a fun filled weekend that includes plenty of good food, entertainment, shopping, and activities for the entire family.
"This is a fun event to push off the Christmas season," said Carolyn Gilbert, Chamber of Commerce director.
All four McDuffie County elementary schools will present musical numbers at the Friday ceremony which gets underway at 5:45 p.m., said Julie Hensley, who helped coordinate the event.
Following the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree with Mayor Bob Knox presiding, Santa will visit, and Mrs. Claus will open her food court for the hungry crowds.
Saturday's events will begin with a hearty, homemade breakfast presented by the Sisterhood of Fort Creek Church beginning at 6:30 a.m.
The festival will once again feature a 5 K Depot Dash complete with T-shirt. The run, scheduled for 9 a.m., will begin and end at the depot.
Craft vendors will be offering an assortment of goods, food and snacks will be available, and shoppers can browse through the antique mall throughout the day.
"It's going to be wonderful," Ms. Gilbert predicted.
A parade scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday will cap the yearly event.
Sponsors this year are: The McDuffie Mirror; Jefferson Energy; City of Thomson; 1810 Country Inn and Winery; Thomson-McDuffie Tourism; The Wilson Company, and Walker, Wilson & Raybon Financial Group Inc.