Thomson's big Christmas weekend is here.
Based at the Thomson Depot, the weekend will offer plenty of good food, entertainment, shopping, and activities for the entire family.
Bryan Rogers, right, watches Tuesday afternoon while Chip Bentley attaches Christmas tree lights to the cedar tree in front of the Thomson Depot.
Photo by Jerrie MacIntire
"This is a fun way to push Christmas off," said Carolyn Gilbert, chamber of commerce director.
All four McDuffie County elementary schools will present musical numbers at the Friday tree-lighting ceremony which gets underway at 5:45 p.m., said Julie Hensley, who helped coordinate the event.
"Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be there, and even some storybook characters will be there," Mrs. Gilbert said.
Following the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree with Mayor Bob Knox presiding, participants can visit with Santa and his friends while enjoying some snacks.
The annual Festival off Main is slated for Saturday, beginning with a hearty, homemade breakfast presented by the Sisterhood Fort Creek Church beginning at 6:30 a.m.
The festival will once again feature a 5K 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 a variety of items; the Antique Mall will showcase some unique pieces; local merchants will offer plenty of shopping options, and there will be entertainment throughout the day.
"It's going to be wonderful," Mrs. Gilbert predicted.
Sunday's parade, scheduled for 3 p.m., will conclude the holiday weekend.
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.