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Dunham Farms benefit festival set

POSTED: November 29, 2012 2:00 p.m.

Dunham Farms is planning its third annual Family Holiday Festival of Lights and Music to benefit Seabrook Village.

The first part of the festival, called Make a Joyful Noise, is from 2:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Dunham Farms, 5836 Islands Highway in Sunbury.

At the event, children will join the Washboard Marching Band and the Dunham Farms elves in marching around the property to light thousands of lights adorning live oaks. The procession, accompanied by the 35-voice Midway Middle School choir, will end at a Christmas tree, signaling the arrival of Santa Claus by horse and carriage.

The program will include face painting, games and story time. Game winners will be rewarded with rides in Santa’s buggy.

Families also can ride the “Jingle Bell Express,” an interactive wagon tour through the woods where children ring bells each time a lighted animal or an elf is sighted.

Children also will participate in a chorus-led candle ceremony at the manger scene. There will be caroling, and the food tent will feature kid-favorites.

Adult admission is $8 and children ages 5-16, seniors and military members are $6. Children ages 1-4 are admitted free. For information, call 912-880-4500 or go to

The second part of the festival, Illumination Night, is slated for Saturday, Dec. 8.

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