Along Commerce Street
5:10 Snelson-Golden Middle School chorus
5:30 p.m. Liberty County High School chorus
6:30 p.m. Bradwell Institute chorus
7:15 p.m. Liberty County community mass choir
On Main Street
6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Church orchestra
6:30 p.m. Liberty County community mass choir & strolling carolers
Liberty County is bringing back Christmas in the Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Bradwell Park, and kicking off the yuletide season with downtown shopping, holiday music from strolling carolers and even live reindeer on a sleigh.
Vicki Davis, Hinesville Downtown Development Authority director, said the event was a hit when it made its debut last year. She estimated 3,500 people came out for the cookie decorating, area choruses, vendor booths and other festive activities.
The community will be free to stroll about Main and Commerce Streets, the tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. where county, city and a Fort Stewart representative will have a short address.
“The whole thing just comes alive,” Davis said of the tree lighting. “It’s magical.”
Large yellow ribbons already stud the Christmas tree. Davis explained this year’s decorations commemorate the recent return of soldiers and those who are still in harm’s way.
“We’re a country that’s still at war,” Davis said. “(The yellow ribbon decorations) let them know we still support them.”
The public will also be able to enjoy a live nativity scene.
Everyone will be able to meet Santa Claus, but there will be a ticketed express line to meet Santa for the first 25 people.
“(It’s ) one thing we’re implementing this year in hopes of managing the lines a little better,” Davis said.
The shops along Main Street will be open late.
But above all, Davis thinks the reindeer, traveling from a farm in Atlanta, will be the biggest attraction. She based that on the feedback she received last year.
“Many folks said the only time they’ve ever seen a reindeer is on TV,” Davis said.
She encourages all ages to come out for the festivities.
“Any child in the community who does not have the opportunity to come to this event will truly miss a great holiday event,” Davis said.